NFF Talent - Tom van Blommestein
24 September 2020
NFF Talent en Route: Tom van Blommestein (producer)
The new Lemming Film producer talks to See NL ahead of his unveiling at NFF 2020 to the local and international production, sales and finance communities.
After graduating from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2014, the fledgling Tom van Blommestein worked as a creative producer at NL Film and Endemol Shine. He worked on the development of various drama series, including The Menten Case (Golden Calf winner for Best Dutch TV Drama, 2016), Floor Rules (Emmy Award, 2018), Casper and the Christmas Angels (Emmy Award, 2015) and YouTube hit Meet The Stockers (NPO3, 2018). He was also involved in box office hits Men in the City 2*)(2015) and Made for Each Other*) (2017).
In June 2020 he joined Leontine Petit at Lemming Film to produce high-end drama series with an international focus.
"As a producer I always try to focus on talent in the first place - talent first and talent last," Van Blommestein stresses. "I'm very happy to work with Lemming because they really centre their business around creating lasting and meaningful relationships with their creative partners. They are really in it for the long run so to say."
"As the company has been around for 25 years, CEO Leontine Petit has seen it all and really strives for lasting quality when it comes to everything she produces," he adds. " Something that I admire very much and try to be mindful of every step of the way, knowing that the industry is changing all the time, but that our audiences have always and will always value great stories told by great storytellers."
Projects that Van Blommestein is working on include Simone van Dusseldorp's adaptation of the classic kids story Floddertje*), created by Annie MG Schmidt. "It is a unique and rare example of a story and a character that has connected over and over again with new generations of readers," he says.
Van Blommestein is also working on the sequel to youth sci-fi series Zenith, which builds on the universe of the first season, but takes us even further into the future, to a time where robots are secretly invading the world of teenager Zoey, and Idje*), an adaptation of Michael Middelkoop's children's book ‘Idje Does Not Want to Go to the Hairdresser'.
Of his new company Van Blommestein stresses: "Being a boutique producer Lemming has to be very careful in choosing its projects, creators and partners; and in doing so we try to look beyond the next hype but really try to get a deeper understanding of the people that are behind the project, because that is what we ultimately commit to. People, not another concept or idea. That goes for creative talent, but also for our international partners. Lemming has a long track record of international co-productions, something I strongly believe not only adds to our productions in terms of financing, but also challenges us to see the bigger picture and is a constant reminder of the need to develop our skills and knowledge."
He concludes: "Looking further ahead my long term ambition is to create a home for great storytellers who have the ambition to create local content that travels the world. An ambition that fits in perfectly well with my very experienced colleagues at Lemming Film, whom I hope to learn and grow with for many years to come."
Tom van Blommestein, Lemming Film
*)supported by the Netherlands Film Fund