SPI International/Film1 Appoints Jeroen Bergman as Managing Director

SPI International/Film1 Appoints Jeroen Bergman as Managing Director of Film1 Operations in the Netherlands

Amsterdam, July 15, 2019 – Last week, SPI announced the successful acquisition of the brand assets of Film1, the premium television and video on demand service in the Netherlands. Today, SPI announced the appointment of experienced industry professional Jeroen Bergman, as Managing Director of Film1 operations in the Netherlands.  

The recent deal between Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks and SPI International confirms that, as of August 1, 2019 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. 

Under the leadership of Bergman as Managing Director of Film1, SPI will continue to offer both linear channels as well as its digital services in the Netherlands. “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,” said Jeroen Bergman, Managing Director at Film1.  

Film1 offers Dutch and international productions on its movie services, which are available on various cable, DTH, and IPTV platforms.

About Film1

Film1, part of SPI International, is the premium film service with new films from the largest film studios and Dutch independent distributors. View unlimited and exclusive for a fixed amount per month, at home or on the road, on demand or linear, without advertising, on a device of your choice. 

About SPI International
SPI International/Filmbox is a global media company operating 40 television channels on six continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI uses the latest technology providing subscribers access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.