Spain’s Atresmedia buys Dutch drama ‘Máxima’ about queen of Netherlands


Atresmedia in Spain has picked up rights to Dutch drama Máxima, which follows the life of Argentina-born Maxima Zorreguieta who later became Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

The 6 x 50-minute show is being produced by Millstreet Films and was commissioned by RTL Netherlands’ OTT service Videoland.

The series, which is sold by Beta Film, has been shot in New York, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium over the course of a summer in 1999 and tracks the life of Máxima of Holland before becoming queen.

Maxima is based on the book Máxima Zorreguieta: Motherland by Marcia Luyten, which was published by De Bezige Bij in the Netherlands. An Argentinian edition was published by Planeta.

Saskia Diesing directs the show together with Joosje Duk and Iván López Núñez, with Marnie Blok writing and Ilse Ott, Rachel van Bommel producing for Millstreet Films.

Atresmedia said the deal underlined that it is “once again betting on large international fiction, with the deal following similar pick-ups in Italy (RAI), Germany (RTL), Latin America (Warner Bros. Discovery), Austria (ORF), Latvia ( LTV) or Hong Kong (Now TV), among others.

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