Last week SPI International confirmed the acquisition of the brand assets of Film1, the premium TV and VoD service in the Netherlands. Now, SPI International announced the appointment of Jeroen Bergman, as Managing Director of Film1 operations in the Netherlands.
The deal between Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks and SPI International confirms that, as of August 1st, SPI will fully own the Film1 brand and will operate four pay movie services brands under the Film1 umbrella: Film1 Premiere, Film1 Drama, Film1 Action and Film1 Family.
Bergman makes the transition to Film1 after twenty years of employment as Managing Director of Programming at Liberty Global. While at Liberty Global, Bergman worked on the acquisition of the Dutch Canal+ assets by Liberty Global and managed them for 6 years during which the service relaunched as Film1 and Sport1.
“We are delighted to have Jeroen Bergman on board as Managing Director of Film1 movie services. Jeroen’s extensive media and entertainment industry expertise will play a key role in strengthening Film1’s growth as the best premium movie service in the Netherlands. We are confident that Film1 will create a great success story in the Netherlands,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI International.
“I am very excited to work with SPI International, a company I have come to know well for their strong presence in Europe. Their track record, superior programming and established content relationships will be of formidable help in driving the growth of Film1 in the Netherlands,” added Bergman.
Film1 offers Dutch and international productions on its movie services, which are available on various cable, DTH, and IPTV platforms.