Studio 100

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Studio 100 is a Belgian company that produces popular children's television series and owns five amusement parks and four musical ensembles.

History[edit]

Studio 100 was founded in 1996 by Gert Verhulst, Danny Verbiest, and Hans Bourlon. They came together in 1989, when the programme "Samson en Gert" (translated "Samson and Gert") was first produced.

Studio 100 started in 1996 with one programme, Samson en Gert. They immediately decided to create a new programme to be able to advertise themselves more. They chose Kabouter Plop (translated Gnome Plop). It has been broadcast on VTM since 1997.

In 1999, Studio 100 expanded significantly with four new projects, all launched in Flanders: a musical, a film, and two new television programmes. For both the musical and the film, Vtm was asked to provide financial support. In October of '99, Studio 100 and the VMMa (Vlaamse Media Maatschappij) announced that they would incorporate Meli-Park.

In 2000, Studio 100 took over the popular girl group K3 from Niels William. They had already been cooperating in merchandising sales before that.

Danny Verbiest announced in 2005 that he would no longer play the role of Samson in Samson en Gert and, shortly after, announced his departure from Studio 100. In the subsequent years, many new programmes were created, such as Piet Piraat (Piet Pirate), Mega Mindy, Spring and Het Huis Anubis (House of Anubis), and several others.

In 2007, Studio 100 started exporting some of its productions. Wir 3, (a carbon copy version of K3), was introduced in Germany and they charted there, although they have yet to achieve the same level of success as the originals. Fred & Samson, the French-language equivalent to Samson en Gert, was introduced on the French-speaking television network Club RTL in Wallonia and Brussels. Bumba, a programme about a clown intended for very young children, was sold to several other countries, including Canada and Israel.

In the same year, Studio 100 bought Flying Bark Productions, so they could create Master Raindrop.

In 2008, Studio 100 bought the rights of foreign 1970s TV-hits such as Germany's Die Biene Maja (German dub of Japanese anime series) and Sweden's Pippi Longstocking (still shown in the Netherlands). The next project is a digital radio-station devoted to its own acts. As quoted "Dutch-language children's songs only get so much airplay on regular stations".

Also in 2008, Studio 100 co-produced the educational game show Kerwhizz together with the Cbeebies branch of the BBC. They also purchashed EM.TV and the children's TV network Junior.

Headquarters[edit]

The headquarters of Studio 100 are located in Schelle and Londerzeel. Studio 100 has access to the largest recording studios in all of Belgium. Frequently, big events are hosted there, such as the preselections for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Dutch department of Studio 100 resides in the Mediapark in Hilversum.

List of Studio 100 productions[edit]

Television series currently in production[edit]

Title Since Broadcast Notes
Samson en Gert 1989 Belgium
Netherlands
centered on the talking dog Samson and his boss Gert.
Kabouter Plop 1997 Belgium
Netherlands
Spain
Germany
Revolves around the gnome Plop and his friends.
Piet Piraat 2001 Belgium
Netherlands
Spain
Germany
Revolves around the captain Piet Piraat and his friends on their ship, the Scheve Schuit.
There's also a spinoff series, Piet Piraat Wonderwaterwereld, where the captain tells about his underwater adventures.
De Wereld van K3 2003 Flanders
Netherlands
A talk show hosted by the three members of the musical ensemble K3.
Bumba 2004 Belgium
Netherlands
Germany
Spain
Canada
A series for toddlers, centered on the circus clown Bumba and his friends.
Mega Mindy 2006 Belgium
Netherlands
Italy
A children's comedy which revolves around the police agent Mieke and her superhero alter ego Mega Mindy.
AbraKOdabra 2008 Flanders
Netherlands
A television magic show.
Bol en Smik
(Big & Small)
2008 Belgium
Netherlands
United Kingdom
and many more.
centered on Big and Small.
Dobus 2009 Flanders
Netherlands
A series revolving around three clowns and their circus master.
Kwiskwat
(Kerwizz)
2009 Flanders
United Kingdom
A children's quiz show.
Slot Marsepeinstein 2009 Flanders
Netherlands
A series centered on Sinterklaas.
Hallo K3 2010 Flanders
Netherlands
Comedy series centered on the three members off the musical ensemble K3.
Bobo 2011 Flanders
Netherlands
Series centered on the rabbit Bobo.
Galaxy Park 2011 Flanders
Netherlands
Norway
Series revolving six teenagers who work at a holiday park and discover that there is an alien among them.
ROX 2011 Flanders
Netherlands
A children's drama about three superheros and their special weapon: the sports car ROX.
Jabaloe 2012 Flanders A children's comedy series, revolving around a group of cowboys in the Wild West.
Hotel 13 2012 Flanders
Netherlands
Germany
Switzerland
Austria
Prinsessia[1] 2014 Flanders

Past productions[edit]

Title Timeline Broadcast Notes
Wizzy & Woppy 1999 - 2002 Flanders
Netherlands
centered on two mice, a parrot and a turtle who live in a pet store.
Big & Betsy 1999 - 2003 Flanders
Netherlands
centered on the flatulent and talking pig Big and his boss Betsy.
Spring 2002 - 2008 Flanders Revolves around the teenagers who dance at the Spring dance academy.
Adaptation for broadcast in the Netherlands: Topstars (2004 - 2006)
Hallo België 2003 - 2005 Flanders
Netherlands
A comedy series which revolved around the Flemish businessman Roger, his family and his cheerful Dutch neighbours.
It was the company's first production that was aimed at an adult audience.
Het Huis Anubis 2006 - 2009 Flanders
Netherlands
Germany
Switzerland
Denmark
Mexico
United States
United Kingdom
Spain
A series revolving a group of teens who live in a boarding school, where a treasure is hidden.
English spinoff: House of Anubis
German spinoff: Das Haus Anubis
Spinoff with new characters and a new mysterie Anubis en de Vijf van het Magische Zwaard
Amika 2008 - 2012 Flanders
Netherlands
Germany
Italy
Poland
Series about Merel and her horse Amika.

Musical ensembles and artists[edit]

Musicals[edit]

Title Belgium Netherlands revival revival
Snow White (Sneeuwwitje) 1998 2001 - 2002 2005
Cinderella (Assepoester) 1999
Pinochio (Pinokkio) 2000 2000 2006 2008
Robin Hood 2001 2012
Sleeping Beauty (Doornroosje) 2002 2002 2003 - 2004
Three Little Pigs (De Drie Biggetjes) 2003 2007 2007
The Little Mermaid (De Kleine Zeemeermin) 2004 2004 - 2005
Daens 2008
Alice in Wonderland 2011 2011
14-18, the musical[2] 2014

Movies[edit]

Original title English translation release release
Samson en Gert
Hotel op Stelten Panic in the hotel March 12, 2008 March 19, 2008
Kabouter Plop
De kabouterschat The gnome's treasure March 31, 1999 July 8, 1999
Plop in de Wolken Plop in the Clouds December 6, 2000 December 7, 2000
Plop en de Toverstaf Plop and the Magic Wand October 25, 2003
Plop en Kwispel Plop and Kwispel December 15, 2004 February 5, 2005
Plop en het Vioolavontuur Plop and the Violin Adventure December 14, 2005 December 22, 2005
Plop in de Stad Plop in the city December 13, 2006 December 13, 2006
Plop en de Pinguïn Plop and the Penguin October 17, 2007 October 10, 2007
Plop en de Kabouterbaby Plop and the Baby Gnome December 9, 2009 December 16, 2009
Plop wordt Kabouterkoning Plop becomes the King of Gnomes March 28, 2012 April 25, 2012
K3
K3 en het Magische Medaillon K3 and the Magic Medallion September 29, 2004 September 29, 2004
K3 en het IJsprinsesje K3 and the Ice Princess July 26, 2006 July 20, 2006
K3 en de Kattenprins K3 and the Prince of Cats December 19, 2007 December 19, 2007
K3 Bengeltjes K3 Brats December 12, 2012 December 12, 2012
K3 Dierenhotel K3 Animal hotel February 12, 2014 February 12, 2014
Piet Piraat
Piet Piraat en de Betoverde Kroon Pete the Pirate and the Enchanted Crown August 3, 2005 July 20, 2005
Piet Piraat en het Vliegende Schip Pete the Pirate and the Flying Ship October 25, 2006 October 2006
Piet Piraat en het Zwaard van Zilvertand Pete the Pirate and the Sword of Silvertooth December 10, 2008 December 17, 2008
Piet Piraat en het Zeemonster Pete the Pirate and the Seamonster June 26, 2013 August 31, 2013
Mega Mindy
Het Geheim van Mega Mindy The secret of Mega Mindy July 1, 2009 July 8, 2009
Mega Mindy en het Zwarte Kristal Mega Mindy and the Black Crystal December 15, 2010 December 16, 2010
Mega Mindy en de Snoepbaron Mega Mindy and the Candy Baron December 21, 2011 December 21, 2011
Het Huis Anubis
Het Pad der 7 Zonden The Path of the Seven Sins October 15, 2008 October 8, 2008
Anubis en de wraak van Arghus Anubis and Arghus' Revenge December 16, 2009 December 16, 2009
Wickie de Viking
Wickie de Viking, de film Wickie the Viking, the movie March 31, 2010 April 21, 2010
Wickie en de Schat van de Goden Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods July 4, 2012 May 23, 2012

Amusement parks[edit]

Websites[edit]