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Banijay UK sets up scripted label Double Dutch with Tiger Aspect’s Iona Vrolyk

Julie Gearey (left) and Iona Vrolyk

Banijay UK has launched a scripted production company called Double Dutch, with drama producer Iona Vrolyk at the helm.

Vrolyk has been with Banijay Group-owned prodco Tiger Aspect since 2013. During that time, she has developed and produced a range of series for UK broadcasters, including Cuffs (BBC One), The Good Karma Hospital (ITV) and Intergalactic (Sky One).

Banijay UK said the new label, which has launched with immediate effect, will capitalise on Vrolyk’s reputation for developing and producing popular, original, returning series and her relationships with top writing talent.

This includes writer Julie Gearey, who will be a key collaborator with Double Dutch. Vrolyk and Gearey first worked together on shows such as Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV2) and Prisoners’ Wives (BBC One) before developing and executive producing Cuffs and, most recently, Intergalactic.

Through Double Dutch, the two are keen to build on their reputation for delivering high-end, entertaining and character-led series, Banijay UK said.

Lucinda Hicks, CEO at Banijay UK, said: “Start-ups are hard, we all know that, but when you have exceptional talent like Iona at the helm, the decision to just go for it is made easy. She has a rock-solid reputation for delivering popular, returning titles. She understands how to be commercial but won’t compromise on creative ambition. Writers love working with her and so do we.”

Vrolyk added: “Double Dutch will focus on delivering high-end, character-led original series. Julie Gearey and I already have exciting developments underway and I can’t wait to build a new slate of projects with the many wonderful writers that I have worked with in the past, as well developing new relationships too.”


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