Dutch production company awarded international Emmy

Executive producer Carly Heaton and producer Sarah Freeman with NewBe's Jeroen Koopman. Photo: John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock

Dutch production company NewBe has won an international Emmy for best drama series for children, with a reboot of the Australian series Heartbreak High.

The series, which was co-produced by British company Fremantle for streaming platform Netflix, is about the daily lives of a group of secondary school students.

The Australian series, which ran from 1994 to 1999, was popular in the Netherlands as well, which gave NewBe the idea for a reboot.

“I was a huge fan of the series at the time and a couple of years ago we decided to do a remake, which would also be set in Australia,” NewBe producer Jeroen Koopman told broadcaster NOS.

The series “authenticity” is what makes it so successful, Koopman said. “There was 90210 and Melrose Place in those days but they represented the more slick American version of high school life. Heartbreak High was raw, more authentic. We tried to repeat that but geared to this generation.”

A second series is in the works.

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