Netflix orders ‘Dirty Lines’, new Dutch original from Fiction Valley

Netflix has ordered a new Dutch original series, Dirty Lines, inspired by author Fred Saueressig’s book 06-Cowboys, about the rise of erotic phone lines in the 1980s.

Produced by Amsterdam-based outfit Fiction Valley and written by Pieter Bart Korthius (Fighter’s Heart, Penoza), the series follows the story of Frank Stigter, a young businessman who starts the first telecom sex company in Europe out of his parents’ garage, which grows into a multi-million dollar industry.

Tesha Crawford, Netflix’s director of international originals Northern Europe, said: “We’re thrilled to announce our latest original series Dirty Lines about young entrepreneurs seizing a once in a lifetime opportunity. Dirty Lines is a raw portrayal of the liberal Amsterdam of the late 1980s.

“We have been excited to tell a surprising story that combines elements of Amsterdam we have seen before but is told from an angle that is new to many. By working together with Fiction Valley, we can create a unique feeling of that era.”

Annemieke van Vliet, creative director and producer at Fiction Valley, added: “I am honored that Fiction Valley will produce Dirty Lines in collaboration with Netflix. I have experienced what it is like to be able to work with them and I admire their drive and professionalism. Very exciting times ahead of us and I can’t wait to join forces again on this project.”

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