Henk Otte

Henk Otte



Henk Otte is a Dutch filmmaker and television director who has been active since the mid-1980s. He is best known for his work in television comedy, particularly for the popular Dutch series Penoza and the international hit series Heer & Meester.

Otte was born in The Hague, Netherlands, and grew up in the nearby town of Wassenaar. After graduating from high school, he studied at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, where he was taught by renowned Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. After graduating in 1984, he began working as a freelance director in television and film.

Otte’s breakout project was the popular Dutch television series Penoza, which ran for five seasons from 2010 to 2016. The series, which follows the story of a widow and her family who become embroiled in a criminal organization, was a critical and commercial success and won numerous awards, including the International Emmy Award for Best TV Series in 2011.

In 2013, Otte directed the international hit series Heer & Meester, which ran for five seasons and won two Netherlands Film Festival awards. He also directed two feature films, The Optimists (2010) and Kicks (2015).

In addition to his directing work, Otte has been involved in the production of numerous television series, including the popular Dutch series Gooische Vrouwen, Taxi Amsterdam, and the American series The Blacklist. He has also directed several television films, including the award-winning film The Burden of Silence (2010).

Otte continues to work in television and film, and in 2017 he was named one of the top 10 television directors in the Netherlands. He is currently directing the popular Dutch series Heer & Meester.

Otte is a talented director with a unique vision and style. His work has earned him critical acclaim and numerous awards, making him one of the most successful television directors in the Netherlands.

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