Weekly 65: October 27-November 2
It’s a great challenge for foreign directors, actors, and movies to play a significant role in Hollywood. The Dutch are no exception. Still, our country has shown some impressive successes throughout recent decades; these include director Paul Verhoeven and producer John de Mol; actors Rutger Hauer, Famke Janssen, Carice van Houten and Michiel Huisman; movies such as “Robocop,” “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Black Book”, and television shows that are watched by millions of people globally like “Big Brother” and “The Voice.”
The Holland Hollywood Connection (HHC) is an initiative of our Consulate General in San Francisco created to build upon these successes. It is a platform that strengthens the Dutch position in Hollywood, promotes new business opportunities, and helps emerging Dutch talent to flourish. This network consists of actors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and other creative media professionals.
HHC showcases ambition and opportunities
We were able to showcase the depth of our Dutch creative industry through our Holland Branding information booth at the Digital Hollywood conference (digital distribution, gaming, mobile and smart TV) last week in Marina del Rey, and show the opportunities for Dutch companies in these fields. The possibilities to work together in the context of the Holland Hollywood Connection opened many eyes. We are renowned as a progressive player with regard to second screen and digitalization of media formats, but we have yet to take the final step of becoming an important market player.
I spoke during the opening drinks at the Corrino Media Group, and Deputy Consul General Ard van der Vorst participated in the Dutch Digital Delight panel discussion, both under the Holland Hollywood Connection chairmanship of George Freriks, and with the participation of companies like Angry Bytes/Two Screen, Submarine, Sticky Studios, 24i Media, Media Monks, and Infostrada. For next year, the question is how the Dutch top sector can support all participants in connection with the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The Netherlands will continue to offer Hollywood exceptional directors, actors, movies, and television programs, but if small and medium-sized companies – together and with our support –focus on new creative industries, I see a promising future ahead.