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Viceland commissions first original Benelux series

Youth-focused TV network Viceland has added three local series to its Benelux slate, including its first indie commission and the acquisition of its first documentary feature. Viceland Benelux is working with ...
September 8, 2017

Youth-focused TV network Viceland has added three local series to its Benelux slate, including its first indie commission and the acquisition of its first documentary feature.

Viceland Benelux is working with WeFilm to coproduce Boxing 82 —  a five-part docuseries that explores an impoverished boxing club in Rotterdam that aspires to reenter the Dutch boxing federation. The 5 x 22-minute series is directed by Jan Boon and produced by Beau van Assem, and is set to premiere Dec. 21st.

Elsewhere, co-hosted by Dutch rapper Faberyayo and Dutch artist Steven van Lummel, Tokyayo is an alternative travel guide to Tokyo’s urban and cultural milieu. The 3 x 60-minute original series investigates the lesser-explored facets of Japanese culture, as well as Tokyo’s burgeoning hip-hop scene.

Tobias Smeets directs the series for Viceland, while Bart-Jan de Brouwer will produce. The series premieres Oct. 5th.

The two series were commissioned by Stefan Tieleman, general manager with Viceland Benelux.

Finally, doc acquisition Wilders offers a close look at Geert Wilders, the controversial Dutch leader of the Netherlands’ anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-EU Freedom party. The doc sees the far-right politician discussing his motives, history and personal life. The series was directed by Nicholas Hampson and Stephen Robert Morse for Observatory, and premieres on Viceland Sept 21st.

“We’re currently in the process of further building our channel, with our fall slate continuing our vision of creating unique content and appealing to a wider audience,” Tieleman said, in a statement. “As we build our programming slate, Viceland Benelux continues to be a refreshing addition to the current television landscape and our autumn program brings personal stories from both home and abroad in offering alternative perspectives on the world we live in.”

Viceland launched in Benelux in March.

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