Killer Masterclass: Maarten Moerkerke

Maarten currently works as head of drama, showrunner and director at Lecter Scripted Media, a production company focused on contemporary drama and fiction for the Flemish and international market. For Lecter Scipted Media he recently directed a Flemish remake of The Licemother, successful Dutch comedy series, and finished season 2 of My Best Worst Friend, a pop-up daily with an edge.

He studied film at the RITCS film school in Brussels and made his directorial debut in 1995 with Wittekerke, the hugely popular Flemish remake of the Australian TV show E-street, of which he directed 48 episodes.

In 2000 he co-founded a production company focused on contemporary comedy inspired by the booming alternative British comedy shows at that time, through which he directed various comedy sketch shows, satirical news items and stand-up comedy.

In 2012 Maarten turned his focus back to drama and began working with two-time Oscar-nominated producer Dirk Impens (Menuet), a collaboration that would last 5 years. In that period, he directed 6 highly anticipated tv-series and a feature film, which he de facto showran as Impens gave him full responsibility and freedom to shape the shooting script – including writing, casting and visualising – into the final result. This consolidated his reputation as a hardworking director with a strong take on story and capable of achieving creative vision within the realities of production.

The last two series he directed for Menuet were Thieves of the wood, a historical drama he co-directed with Robin Pront and 13 Commandments, a dark thriller series, which has gained him recognition for contributing to the wave of Flem Noir.