Gertjan van Valen


Sales chief exits Absolutely Independent

The sales and marketing director of Netherlands-based formats house Absolutely Independent is exiting the company after nearly five years, TBI has learned. Gertjan van Valen has told colleagues he was exiting last week and that company CEO Patty Geneste and other staff members will assume his duties in the short term. TBI understands he is moving to […]

Viewpoint: Patty Geneste

Patty Geneste, chairman, FRAPA and CEO Absolutely Independent and Gertjan van Valen, marketing & sales director, Absolutely Independent, indulge in some formats trend-spotting. It is a good time to reflect on some of the trends we have seen in the format world over the last year. Personality driven reality shows, with the likes of Jersey […]

MIPTV News: Rappers in the Snow drift to MIPTV

A new Absolutely Independent format that takes Dutch rappers on a life-changing trip to the Canadian wilderness is heading for Cannes. Rappers in the Snow, which comes from iCare Producties, follows well-known Dutch hip hop artists Negativ, Keizer, Brace and Darryl as they trade in their rapper lifestyles for an expedition to Canada. Based on […]