Jonnydepony

A recently established production company with a solid background. It is founded by showrunner & producer Philippe De Schepper and experienced financing expert and producer Helen Perquy.

Jonnydepony aims to work with talented writers and directors to produce strong fiction series in several genres appealing to a broad audience.

projects

In 2018-2019, the series Blackout was shot. The series is financed in cooperation with VRT/één , Telenet, Screen Brussels, Belga Films and Lagardère Studios Distribution (France).

Several projects are currently in development; among them Arcadia, a near-fi fiction series, and To The Beat, a nostalgic trip down Belgium’s music scene.

Two projects, namely “Onsterfelijk” (“AKA Marcus”) and “White Elephant”, were selected for the TorinoFilmLab SeriesLab.

See below for more details.

BLACKOUT

SHORT SYNOPSIS

A nuclear plant gets sabotaged during winter, and causes a nationwide blackout. The Belgian power grid is down and the nation relies on Prime Minister Annemie Hillebrand, the first female prime minister in Belgium, to handle this crisis.

What nobody knows, but we do know, is that moments before the blackout she received footage of her daughter Elke who appears to be held captive. The video comes with a message: “If the lights turn back on, your daughter dies.”

Annemie hesitates. She’s trapped between her sense of duty and the love for her daughter. But can she risk the life of her daughter in favour of the country? Annemie decides to let one person in on her secret: Michael Dendoncker, who is in charge of the Counter Terrorism Unit and investigating the sabotage of the nuclear plant.

His police inquiry will take place in a special world, a world where 11 million people are stuck in the cold dark winter without electricity, light or heating.

Title: Blackout
Genre/Format: Police series (10 x 42’)
Created by: Philippe De Schepper, Geert Verbanck & Bas Adriaensen
Writers: Bas Adriaensen & Philippe De Schepper
Director: Joël Vanhoebrouck
Showrunner: Philippe De Schepper
Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Broadcaster: VRT/één
Distributor Lagardère Studios Distribution
Airing: 2020

 upcoming projects

ARCADIA

After the world survived the outburst of a deadly virus, a new society is created, called Arcadia. Because resources in this new world are scarce, a Citizen Score is introduced. It determines your rights and entitlements. People are forced to stay healthy, focused, and efficient.

How do you survive in a world where your Citizen Score determines whether you can keep on living or not?

Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Created by: Bas Adriaensen & Philippe De Schepper
Writers: Bas Adriaensen, Zita Theunynck & Philippe De Schepper
Director: Tim Oliehoek
Partners: VRT/één, NPO/KRO-NCRV

Read more about this European project here.

YEARS OF LEAD

We’re in the ‘80s, at the height of the Cold War. The Americans are scrambling to mobilise Western-European security services in their battle against the Red Menace. The CIA introduces a ‘strategy of tension’. In Years of Lead, we follow the story of a stubborn father and a free-spirited son, both state police officers, who set out to put a halt to the atrocious consequences of this policy. Their troubled relationship doesn’t make the battle any easier. We see how they fight evil while struggling with their own shortcomings.

Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Created by/Written by: Bas Adriaensen & Philippe De Schepper
Director: Robin Pront
Partners: DPG Media

THE GIRL IN MY DIARY

What if the world can only be saved by two 17-year-olds, a boy and a girl, who’ve never seen or met each other, but are communicating through a magic Diary?

Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Coproducers: Muriel Maebe & Geert Willems
Coproduction company: Free Kings
Created by: Tom Timmerman
Director: TBD

TO THE BEAT

Late 80s. New Beat. Three young people die in a mysterious car crash. Their death has an impact on their group of friends. Do they keep partying as they used to do? Will they remain friends? And what or who exactly caused the accident?

To the Beat is the story of a band of friends, part of the new beat subculture, who discover that life is about more than just partying.

Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Created by/Written by: Bas Adriaensen & Philippe De Schepper
Director: Joël Vanhoebrouck

TRANSPORT

Transport is a story about a microchip that is found in the mouth of a toddler and a border control veterinarian who has disappeared for more than a year. A world in which money laundering and horse smuggling are central to the food trade. Transport tells the story of ordinary people who are under enormous pressure. This could happen to all of us.

1st season: 8 x 50′

Producer: Miia Haavisto
Production company: Tekele Productions
Coproducers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Coproduction company: jonnydepony
Created by/Written by: Auli Mantila
Director: Auli Mantila

Transport is part of the Scandinavian N12 project.

Read more about the series here.

WHITE ELEPHANT

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Project Manager White Elephant

What if your terminally ill father decides to respond to this kind of email? What if he invites the scammer to come and live with him? What if he’s giving the family legacy away in order to become a king in Nigeria? And what if this ridiculous dream actually seems to give him joy, for the first time in a very long time?

Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Created by/Written by: Ruth Mellaerts & Boris Kuijpers
Director: TBD

White Elephant was in the TorinoFilmLab SeriesLab 2020 selection.

DEGENS

The story of a group of young adults active in the world of live poker tournaments. What would your life look like if you don’t have a normal job but earn a living by playing poker instead? What if you’re a degen? A degenerated gambler. And your lifestyle takes you to hotels and casinos all over the world. A life that revolves around gambling, partying, and exploiting your opponents’ weaknesses.

Producers: Helen Perquy & Philippe De Schepper
Production company: jonnydepony
Created by/Written by: Philippe De Schepper
Director: TBD

TALENT WE WORK WITH

Joël Vanhoebrouck

Joël has directed several series; among them various seasons of Missing Persons Unit, Homegrown and Double Life. He also directed the film Brasserie Romantiek.

Robin Pront

Robin has directed several short and feature films. His latest film was D’Ardennen. Recently, he directed his first series The Flemish Bandits/Thieves of the Wood en now he’s working on his second feature film Zillion.

Bas Adriaensen

Bas was one of the writers for several seasons of Missing Persons Unit. He also wrote for other programmes and films; among them The Infiltrator, Homegrown and Double Life.

Pieter De Graeve

Pieter created the series The Bunker and was writer on Undercover (season 3), Witse, Missing Persons Unit, Double Life and Homegrown.

Zita Theunynck

Zita is a junior writer. She worked as a copywriter at an advertising agency in Antwerp, and wrote the well-received novel “Het wordt spectaculair. Beloofd.”

JOBS

There are no vacancies

at the moment.

Feel free to send us your cv:

info@jonnydepony.be

INTERNS

We are always looking for new

interns to join our team.

Feel free to send us your cv:

info@jonnydepony.be

 WHO WE ARE

Helen Perquy

Owner/producer

Helen has a career in television and drama. She was producer on the short film The Day the Dogs Disappeared and the series Quiz Me Quick. She was executive producer on Tabula Rasa.

helen@jonnydepony.be

Philippe De Schepper

Owner/showrunner

Philippe has over more than 10 years of service at Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, and created the series Missing Persons Unit (7 seasons), Double Life, Lucky Number Six, Homegrown (3 seasons), and The Infiltrator.

showrunner@jonnydepony.be

 

Laura Brewaeys

Assistant Producer

Laura was a production assistant for various television programmes, before joining the shoot for Blackout.

laura@jonnydepony.be
+32 474 34 37 05