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Exclusive: Dutch YouTuber scores movie deal

Bardo Ellens is working with prodco NewBeTV and EYE to produce the film, as well as an 8-episode series about the filmmaking process.
October 9, 2014

Dutch YouTuber Bardo Ellens has struck a movie deal with EYE Film Institute Netherlands and cross-media production company NewBeTV.

Ellens, who has several channels including his primary outlet BanjoMovies, has generated over 80 million views over the 4 years he’s been making videos. The upcoming movie, called Bardo’s Filmgebeuren, will be preceded by an 8-episode series about the filmmaking process.

Throughout the show, which will stream on VOD platform MovieZone (Serie.MovieZone.nl), Ellens will make key decisions about his movie — such as where to shoot, casting, and where the script will go. He will ask for audience input while also enlisting the help of fellow YouTubers like Theaumes, and well-known filmmakers. The movie that results after this collaborative process will premiere on Dec. 22 in EYE’s cinema.

Bardo’s Filmgebeuren is commissioned by EYE and created and produced by NewBeTV. The series and the online platform are made possible with financing from Fonds 21, the NVB (Dutch Association of Movie Theatre Owners) and the NVV (Dutch Association of film distributors).

MovieZone is an educational program from EYE, a national film museum, that aims to give youths the opportunity to hone their filmmaking skills and launch their own unique projects. Last year, a series called Max and Billy’s Drill Machine Girl that launched through the program received a Digital Emmy nomination. It was also produced in collaboration with NewBeTV, a prodco that has offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The prodco recently launched a TV show called The Donuts in which it works with YouTubers from around the world.

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Melita Kuburas is the editor of StreamDaily. You can reach her directly at press[at]streamdaily.tv or on Twitter @melitakuburas

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