The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series co-produced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders, has been nominated for four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Miniseries, Music Composition (John Lunn), Costumes and Hairstyling. The series was the first project ever to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.

The White QueenRecognizing excellence in the television industry, the Emmy Awards are for television what the Academy Awards are for film. The 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on 25 August in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  Last year, the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End, also a co-production with Flanders, was nominated in five categories.

Based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel series ‘The Cousins’ War’ and adapted for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is set in 1464 at the height of the Wars of the Roses. Directed by James Kent, Jamie Payne and Collin Teague and starring Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), James Frain (The Tudors), Rebbeca Ferguson and Janet McTeer (Parade’s End), The White Queen tells the thrilling story of three women caught up in the ongoing struggle for the throne.

The shoot lasted 125 days, of which 120 were spent in studio or on location in Flanders. Won over by the authenticity of its medieval architecture, the producers decided to base their production centre in the city of Bruges. Flemish talent and crew were also involved in the production, with actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) playing the role of Margaret of Anjou, while Lize Feryn (In Flanders Fields), Joren Seldeslachts (Little Black Spiders) and Ben Van den Heuvel (Crazy About Ya) featured in smaller parts. Over 120 local professionals and companies were involved in the production with key functions for Kurt Loyens (art director), Jimmy Van Meel (standby art director), Wim De Waegenaere (location manager), Jan Deca (sound recordist), Raissa Hans (costume supervisor), Wim Temmerman (gaffer), Kurt Reybrouck and Bo Molderez (key grip) and Koen Fransen (production manager).

The White Queen is a co-production between the UK-based Company Pictures and Belgian production company CZAR TV. Flemish public broadcaster VRT also supported the series. The BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund provided financing through the Belgian Tax Shelter system, and the series received support from the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and Screen Flanders.

Published on Tuesday 15 July 2014