Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst founded Studio 100 in 1996. At the beginning, there were only five employees working on one TV production. Today, the company has grown into one of the largest independent family entertainment companies globally; with more than 1,000 employees (FTE) worldwide and offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Australia.
Studio 100 entered the theme park business in 1999, with the opening of Plopsaland Park on the Belgian coast. Today we have three venues in Belgium, one in The Netherlands and one in Germany. Every year, more than 2.7 million visitors walk through our gates and we continue to expand our business. The acquisition of EM Entertainment in 2008 made Studio 100 the owner of one of the largest independent catalogues of children’s content worldwide and radically changed the company’s position on the international market. Since then, we have distributed TV series worldwide through our Munich-based Studio 100 Media office.
That same year, we acquired the successful Australian animation studio Flying Bark Productions and founded Studio 100 Animation in Paris. Since then, we have created numerous productions and remakes of classics such as Maya the Bee, Vic the Viking and Heidi.
In 2010 we launched our own cooking channel for the Benelux market, and most recently we established an in-house international film distribution business.
We are proud of what we have achieved in family entertainment in such a relatively short period of time. We continue to be market leader in the Benelux and thanks to our recent business developments, coupled with continued growth; Studio 100 has now become a global player in the industry.