Second series of Cordon underway

A second series of the highly successful drama series Cordon has begun shooting this week. Produced by Eyeworks for Flanders commercial broadcaster vtm, the series returns to the survivors in the sealed-off centre of Antwerp after the outbreak of a deadly virus. Earlier this month, an American remake of the series, Containment, was presented at Comic-Con.

CordonWritten by Carl Joos (The Broken Circle Breakdown), the first season of Cordon told how everyday life in the centre of Antwerp came to a sudden halt after the outbreak of a contagious and deadly virus. When the area is hermetically sealed off from the outside world to protect the health of the rest of the country, it brings out the very best – but also the very worst – in those who are shut in.

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Published on Thursday 30 July 2015

Jan Matthys to co-direct BBC One’s drama series Shetland

Flemish director Jan Matthys - known for acclaimed series such as In Flanders Fields and Quiz Me Quick - is to shoot three episodes of the third season of BBC One's crime series Shetland, with Thaddeus O'Sullivan (Call the Midwife) doing the rest. ITV Productions is producing the six-parter for BBC One.

Jan MatthysMatthys follows in the footsteps of Jakob Verbruggen and Tim Mielants, two other directors from Flanders who recently made the leap into British TV drama series.

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Published on Monday 4 May 2015

Screen Flanders-Supported series The Missing nominated for three Bafta TV Awards

The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for three BAFTA Television Awards. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Leading Actor (James Nesbitt), Best Supporting Actor (Ken Stott) and Best Drama Series. The series is also nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

Missing, The When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

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Published on Thursday 9 April 2015

Strikers to compete at Séries Mania Festival

Strikers, a new drama series from Flanders, has been selected for competition at the Séries Mania television festival in Paris. The festival’s International Showcase - reserved for TV professionals - also includes The Bunker and The Natives. The sixth edition of the Seriés Mania Festival runs from 17-26 April.

StrikersScreening in the festival’s competitive ‘World Series’ programme, Strikers tells the story of two brothers who share the dream of becoming professional football players. When one of them is selected to play for a top club, he encounters the glamorous yet deceitful world of world-class football, while the other brother has no choice but to find another way to make something of his life.

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Published on Monday 23 March 2015

Tim Mielants joins directing team on The Tunnel 2

Flemish director Tim Mielants, known for his work on such local hit series as Cordon and Code 37, will direct two episodes of the second season of Anglo-French drama series The Tunnel. The eight-parter is a Sky Atlantic and Canal+ co-production scheduled for transmission in early 2016.

TimMielants_setCordonTim Mielants came to prominence thanks to the international success of Cordon. This Flemish drama about the outbreak of a deadly virus, which he directed, has already aired on BBC Four and SBS Australia, with American channel CW ordering a pilot episode for a remake.

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Published on Thursday 19 March 2015

Flanders supports new TV series

The VAF/Media Fund is to invest almost three million Euros in the production of a trio of high-profile TV series: Amigo's, Beau Séjour and The Eleventh of the Eleventh. The Fund recently also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, selected for the TV Drama section of this year's Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Beau SéjourAmigo’s is the story of five former inmates who decide to open a restaurant. In Beau Séjour, a dead girl sets out to solve her own murder, and The Eleventh of the Eleventh is the struggle of a family coming to terms with the discovery of an atrocious truth during the preparations for the annual Carnival.

The Fund also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, a psychological drama about a woman with amnesia who is the key to solving a missing person’s case.

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Published on Monday 9 February 2015

Marsman a double winner in Biarritz

Flemish fiction series Marsman was a double winner at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA) in Biarritz, France. Directed by Mathias Sercu and Eshref Reybrouck, the eight-parter won the Michel Mitrani Prize, while the series’ main actor Jurgen Delnaet picked up the FIPA d’Or for Best Actor.

MarsmanPresented as part of FIPA’s Series Competition, Marsman was up against 10 international heavyweights, including crime series The TeamThicker Than Water from Sweden and Wolf Hall, currently screening to great acclaim on British TV. FIPA opened with the BBC’s top-rated drama series The Missing, another co-production with Flanders.

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Published on Sunday 25 January 2015

FIPA welcomes five (co-)productions from Flanders

TV series Marsman, directed by Mathias Sercu and Eshref Reybrouck, has been selected for Official Competition at this year’s FIPA, the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels held in Biarritz, France, from 20-25 January. Also showing is top European crime series The Team, which is a co-production with Flanders. Lieven Corthouts’s cross-media documentary project Emergency Exit has been selected for Smart FIP@, while Before The Last Curtain Falls – a co-production with Flanders – is also part of the programme. Finally, the Screen Flanders-supported BBC series The Missing is to receive a special screening.

MarsmanEleven international series are competing in FIPA’s Fiction Competition this year, including Flemish series Marsman, which won a Prix Italia at the end of 2014. A tragicomedy, it follows 40-year-old Nico Marsman who struggles to find a way to get his life back on track.

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Published on Monday 12 January 2015

Two Golden Globe Nominations for Screen Flanders-supported series The Missing

The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for two Golden Globes. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor). Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.

The MissingWhen five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.

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Published on Wednesday 17 December 2014

International Emmy Award for What If?

The second series of Belgian comedy sketch show What If? has won the International Emmy Award for Comedy in New York. It’s the second International Emmy for production company Shelter, whose highly successful format Benidorm Bastards picked up the same award in 2011.

What IfThe prestigious International Emmy Awards are the international section of America’s prime television prizes. At the awards ceremony in New York, Belgian sketch show What If? was awarded first prize in the comedy section.

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Published on Tuesday 25 November 2014

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