Federation Entertainment acquires distribution rights for AMSTERDAM VICE, a 8 X 1 hour thriller produced by Millstreet Films for RTL 4 and VTM

A fast-paced crime series set in the eighties

During the turmoil of the Amsterdam coronation riots

Paris, April 2nd, 2019
For immediate release


Federation Entertainment has secured worldwide rights for AMSTERDAM VICE (original title: BAANTJER HET BEGIN), a 8 x 1 hour crime thriller produced by Rachel van Bommel, Millstreet Films (The Neighbors, Loft, Sophie) and co-produced by Hilde De Laere, FBO (The Fifth Estate, Callboys, The Prime Minister, The Day)

AMSTERDAM VICE is an original prequel to the stories written by A.C. Baantjer, the most successful Dutch book franchise of all time.

The series is directed by Arne Toonen (Black Out, Chubby Drums) and Lourens Blok (Lois, Boy 7), with  Waldemar Torenstra, Tygo Gernandt, Fedja van Huêt, Robert de Hoog, Lisa Smit and Jelka van Houten as the main cast.

AMSTERDAM VICE is set in the roaring eighties in Amsterdam, in the historic city center crisscrossed with canals, where modern life clashes with the old village mentality.

Detective Judd Cox has just been promoted to the toughest department within the capital cities’ police force. Along with his new partner Montyn, the unique pair are investigating a murder case that leads to plans for an attack on the coronation day of Princess Beatrix. The duo must do everything in their power to stop such an attack.

Based on historical facts, AMSTERDAM VICE combines moments filled with high tension and emotional depth. A character-driven drama, starring two unlikely detectives, one from the city and one from the country, much like Amsterdam itself: gritty, yet warm-hearted and witty.

A long awaited movie, based on the first two episodes of the series, is soon to be released in theatres in Netherlands (on April 18th 2019) under the name of BAANTJER HET BEGIN.

Federation has acquired international rights to the series, which will be aired in Benelux on RTL 4/ Videoland and VTM in 2020.

AMSTERDAM VICE will be present at MIPTV 2019, as part of the Federation’s rich lineup.  Federation will also be presenting TORN, a passionate suspenseful series produced by Elephant for France Télévisions, in competition at Series Mania 2019; FLOODLAND, a detective thriller series set in Flanders where human trafficking is ever present, produced by Eyeworks.  By the same producer, THE TWELVE, a gripping psychological thriller series distributed by Federation, is in competition at CANNESERIES 2019.


press contact:

Federation: Valérie Tailland

+33 (0)6 82 57 06 09 / valerie.tailland@fedent.com



About Millstreet Films

Millstreet Films produces commercially driven and creatively-spirited independent feature films and TV series, with an eye for talent development and innovation. Its strength lies in the creations of strong brands and film properties and the building of long term relationships with writers and directors.

Millstreet Films is founded in 2010 by Rachel van Bommel, who worked in film distribution for over 20 years. The film catalogue includes Dutch box office smash hits Loft, Viper’s Nest, Sophie 1 and 2.
Millstreet has a proven track record of tv drama that’s well received within Benelux, but also captivates audiences all over the world. The Neighbors was sold to the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, North America and worldwide to Amazon Prime . Season 4 of the successful series will premiere in Holland this May.  After the success of both feature films, Sophie had a spin of as a TV series. Season 2 is currently being broadcasted in the Netherlands on RTL 4. Last year Millstreet Films produced the new high profile drama series ANNE+, which had its world premiere during the international Series Mania film festival in Lille, France and is selected for Tribeca 2019 in New York.

Feature film Baantjer het Begin, starring Waldemar Torenstra and Tygo Gernandt, will be released in Dutch cinemas this spring. The accompanying TV series, Amsterdam Vice, is due to launch on the international market at Miptv 2019.


About Federation Entertainment

Based in Paris, Los Angeles and now Roma, Federation Entertainment has quickly established itself as top indie European studio. Its model of development, production, distribution and marketing is at the service of premium original contents specifically designed for global marketplace.

Created and launched in 2013 by president Pascal Breton, Federation is co-headed by Lionel Uzan, CEO, and by the founders David Michel (head of Cottonwood Media, the Kids company of the group), Stephane Sperry and Serge Hayat. Thierry Sorel joined the team in 2016 followed by Benoit Lacombe in 2017 as COO. Ashley Stern heads the LA office.

Federation is now expanding to non-scripted content, teaming up with WeMake. Founded in June 2017 by Bouchra Réjani (former C.O.O of Shine France), WeMake focuses on the creation and the production of original, unscripted content for all platforms, in all genres.

Patrick Wachsberger (ex co-chairman of Lions Gate Motion Picture) and Federation have recently joined forces to create Picture Perfect Federation, a joint venture dedicated to premium television content for both US and International Markets.

Federation’s prestigious portfolio includes The Bureau (40 X 52’, TOP – The Oligarchs Productions / Federation for CANAL+), Marseille (16 X 52’, a Netflix Original series produced by Federation) ;  Hostages (22 X 45’, an Israelian thriller coproduced by Yezirah Ivrit and Federation) ; Bad Banks (6 X 52’, a German financial thriller coproduced by Letterbox Filmproduktion and Iris Productions for ZDF and Arte France) ;  Undercover (10 X 50’, a thriller produced by De Mensen for VRT) ;  The Twelve (10×52′), a fascinating psychological thriller produced by Eyeworks,  in competition at Canneseries 20… As well as Find Me In Paris (78 X 26′) the premium live action hit for tweens coproduced by ZDF and Paris Opera dance school, and the animated series Ollie & Moon (104 X 11′) and Squish (52 X 13′), on the kids side.

At Miptv 2019, Federation Entertainment will be presenting its brand new series, Floodland, a 8×52’ thriller set in the background of human trafficking produced by Eyeworks ; Torn, a romantic 6 X 52’ thriller produced by Elephant in competition at Series Mania 2019 ; and Amsterdam Vice, a fast-paced thriller 8 x 45’ series set in the eighties produced by Millstreet Films.