Ed Louwerse

Beta Film buys into Lineup Industries

Beta Film has bought into Lineup Industries, the distribution business set up in 2014 by former Endemol and Sony executives Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis. Beta will take a minority stake in Lineup for an undisclosed amount, marking a major move into unscripted programming. German producer and distributor Beta has a stake in Seapoint, the […]

Lineup inks deal with Forman’s Critical Content

Tom Forman’s new firm Critical Content has optioned two formats from Lineup Industries, one of which will be the next vehicle for Catfish pair Nev Schulman and Max Joseph. Critical will take Lineup-distributed Radio Gaga and What the..?! into the US market. Schulman and Joseph are set to front a US version of Radio Gaga. […]

Lineup bags former Absolutely format

Lineup Industries has acquired rights to evergreen format Long Lost Family, which formerly went out through fellow Amsterdam-based distributor Absolutely Independent. The KRO-NCRV format (also known as Find My Family) has run in the Netherlands for more than two decades, and airs in the UK on ITV, as well as in Norway, Italy, Denmark, Hungary […]

ITV orders Bully Project for the UK

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a local version of The Bully Project, the Dutch format that captures footage of kids being bullied and then seeks to address and resolve the problems at hand. The format is sold by Lineup Industries, the international distributor set up last year by former Sony and Endemol execs Ed […]

Ex-FremantleMedia exec Tegelaar joins Sony

Jason Tegelaar, formerly of FremantleMedia-owned prodco Blue Circle, has joined Sony Pictures Television in the Netherlands. TBI has learned Tegelaar has joined SPT as a development executive on a six-month contract. He will work closely with SPT’s VP, acquisitions, international production Lisette van Diepen and report to chief creative officer, international production Wayne Garvie. SPT […]

The consolidation, creativity and distribution challenge

The issue of consolidation in the television business has again come to the fore over the past months, with a collection of landmark deals being announced in quick succession. There is a rising tide of vertically integrated, multinational juggernauts, and the future for independent companies in both distribution and production has been the subject of […]

New distributor Lineup snags output deals, Bully Project

New distribution firm Lineup Industries has secured content deals with a raft of indie producers, giving it a raft of new content including the buzzy Dutch format The Bully Project (pictured). Lineup is the new company created by former Endemol and Sony executives Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis earlier this month. It has announced the […]

Ex-Endemol, Sony execs launch new content company

Former Endemol and Sony executives Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis have joined forces to launch a new distribution firm, Lineup Industries, TBI has learned. The pair will run the international business from an Amsterdam base, specialising in distributing formats. Louwerse was managing director and senior VP at Sony Pictures Television until last November. Curtis was […]

Intellygents founder leaves Sony Pictures Television

Kirsten Jan van Nieuwenhuijzen has left his position as creative director at Sony Pictures Television and started a new business, Indy Ideas. Van Nieuwenhuijzen was the cofounder of Intellygents, the interactive content firm that was acquired in 2006 for about €5 million (US$6.75 million) by 2waytraffic, which in turn was bought by Sony in 2008. […]

Formats boss leaves Sony Pictures Television

Ed Louwerse has left Sony Pictures Television, TBI has learned. Louwerse, who left SPT last week, is one of the most experienced formats distribution executives in the international TV business having spent almost seven years at SPT after it acquired 2waytraffic. Prior to that he spent seven years at Endemol. Sony confirmed his departure to […]