Amsterdam: a haven for media and broadcasting

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has always had an acumen for producing some of the world’s most-watched programmes. Shows created by Amsterdam-based media and broadcasting companies – such as Eyeworks, Endemol and BlazHoffski – have become household names. In fact, Big Brother and The Voice started right here in the Dutch capital. But it’s not just homegrown media and broadcasting companies that have a presence: in addition to industry leaders Netflix – which set up its European headquarters here back in 2015 – CBS, Viacom Media Networks, Media Monks and BAMTech all chose to set up shop in Amsterdam, and the city boasts top-notch agencies like IMA, The Media Nanny and MassiveMusic.

“Thanks to our location here in Amsterdam, and the ability to easily travel across Europe and the world, we have been able to build our network of more than 20,000 international influencers and run global campaigns for our clients.” – Emilie Tabor, IMA

An ideal location for filmmakers and media professionals

Of course, the city’s historic 16th-century canal buildings, modern architecture and lush green parks make it a popular location for filmmaking and production. And Amsterdam’s Film Commission offers expert advice to any party wishing to shoot a film, advert or documentary in Amsterdam and beyond. The service offers experienced crews, talented casts, excellent studio facilities and state-of-the-art post-production houses.

Every media and broadcasting professional will feel right at home in the Amsterdam Area, which boasts some of the industry’s leading conferences and events, including the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) – the world’s leading electronic media, entertainment and technology showcase – and VidCon Europe, a conference that celebrates all things online video. Amsterdam is also home to leading schools such as the New York Film Academy and the Abbey Road Institute – adding to the city's already stellar talent pool.

“It’s about having the hub that can provide the best venue, the best support, the best facilities – and Amsterdam has always managed to provide that. Amsterdam is a fantastic city. It’s like a big village; it’s got a fantastic atmosphere. Our heart is in Amsterdam.”Michael Crimp, IBC

Amsterdam’s connectivity and work-life balance

Amsterdam is one of the most well-connected cities in the world – both digitally and physically. The city’s digital infrastructure has some of the fastest broadband speeds on the planet, and its residents are always quick to adopt the newest tech and trends, providing an ideal testbed for the media and broadcasting industry.

Getting around is also simple, thanks to the city’s renowned transport links – by air, train and tram. And visiting friends and families abroad – as well as attending meetings in other countries – couldn’t be easier: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers 323 flight connections to airports in 98 countries across the globe.