Simon de Waal

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Simon de Waal

Simon de Waal (born in Amsterdam in 1961) is a Dutch writer.

He has specialized in television and film scripts, he won the Golden Calf in 2000 (grand prize for the Netherlands Film), for best screenplay for the film Leak.[1] Leak also won best film, best director and best actor, and several international awards, making it one of the most successful Dutch films.[2] Several of the series he wrote, were either nominated or awarded with prizes for best television series in the Netherlands, for instance Unit 13, Bureau Kruislaan and Baantjer. Baantjer won the 'Golden Televizier Ring' for best series, after being nominated for it twice.

His book Cop vs Killer was nominated for best thriller in 2005, in the Netherlands as well as in Belgium. He still works - part-time, due to his success as a writer - as a homicide detective in Amsterdam, since 1986. At the age of 18, in 1979, he started working as a police officer in Amsterdam. He has contributed to almost every police-series in the Netherlands.

In 2005, he collaborated with Lynda La Plante, creator of Prime Suspect and The Commander, and co-wrote a 2x90 minutes episode for The Commander (ITV, 2005) called "Blacklight".[3]

His thriller Pentito was published November 2007. It is based on a true story, about an Italian mafia informant in the Netherlands, who was forced to give information to law enforcement in order to survive. Pentito was nominated in Belgium and The Netherlands as Best Thriller 2007, and won the award (Diamond Bullet) in Belgium.[4]

In 2003 he started his own production company Screenpartners, that up to now co-produced the police TV series 'Boks' (on TV in 2006), the film 'Kapitein Rob en het Geheim van professor Lupardi' (in theatres November 29, 2007) and the film 'Cop vs Killer', which he also directed.

In 2008, he wrote a book with bestselling author Appie Baantjer, as Baantjer en De Waal. It was very successful, selling over 60.000 copies in the Netherlands alone. He will continue to write with Baantjer.

His new thriller, called De Vijf Families (The Five Families) is announced for 2010.[5]

In cooperation with production company Shooting Star Filmcompany, De Waal and his production company Screenpartners are developing a new TV series and a feature film called Famous Last Words.[6]


  1. ^ "Leak 2000". 27 April 2000 – via
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  3. ^ "The Commander: Blacklight". 27 March 2006 – via
  4. ^ "Privacy settings".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-12-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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