Studio 100

Studio 100 is a Belgian corporation that produces popular children's television series and owns 7 amusement parks and four musical ensembles.

Studio 100
Joint-stock company
IndustryFamily Entertainment
FoundedBelgium 1996
FounderGert Verhulst
Danny Verbiest
Hans Bourlon
Key people
Anja Van Mensel (CEO)
Gert Verhulst
Danny Verbiest
Hans Bourlon
BrandsSamson en Gert
Piet Piraat
Mega Mindy
Kabouter Plop
Het Huis Anubis
Maya the Bee
House of Anubis
Blinky Bill
OwnerGert Verhulst
Hans Bourlon
BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity
DivisionsStudio 100 Benelux
Studio 100 Media
Made 4 Entertainment
Studio 100 Animation


Studio 100 was founded in 1996 by Gert Verhulst, Danny Verbiest, and Hans Bourlon. They came together in 1989, when the programme "Samson en Gert" (translated "Samson and Gert") was first produced.

Studio 100 started in 1996 with one programme, Samson en Gert. They immediately decided to create a new programme to be able to advertise themselves more. They chose Kabouter Plop (translated Gnome Plop). It has been broadcast on VTM since 1997.

In 1999, Studio 100 expanded significantly with four new projects, all launched in Flanders: a musical, a film, and two new television programmes. For both the musical and the film, VTM was asked to provide financial support. In October 1999, Studio 100 and the Medialaan (formerly known as Vlaamse Media Maatschappij at the time, founded in 1987 as Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij by nine publishers each with an 11.1% share), announced that they would incorporate Meli Park.

In 2000, Studio 100 took over the popular girl group K3 from Niels William. They had already been cooperating in merchandising sales before that.

Danny Verbiest announced in 2005 that he would no longer play the role of Samson in Samson en Gert and, shortly after, announced his departure from Studio 100. In the subsequent years, many new programmes were created, such as Piet Piraat (Piet Pirate), Mega Mindy, Spring and Het Huis Anubis (House of Anubis), and several others.

In 2007, Studio 100 started exporting some of its productions. Wir 3, (a carbon copy version of K3), was introduced in Germany and they charted there, although they have yet to achieve the same level of success as the originals. Fred & Samson, the French-language equivalent to Samson en Gert, was introduced on the French-speaking television network Club RTL in Wallonia and Brussels. Bumba, a programme about a clown intended for toddler audiences, was sold to other several countries, including United Kingdom, Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Poland and Israel.

In the same year, Studio 100 bought Flying Bark Productions, so they could create Master Raindrop.

In 2008, Studio 100 bought the rights of foreign 1970s TV-hits such as Germany's Die Biene Maja (German dub of anime series) and Sweden's Pippi Longstocking (still shown in the Netherlands). The next project is a digital radio-station devoted to its own acts. As quoted "Dutch-language children's songs only get so much airplay on regular stations".

Also in 2008, Studio 100 co-produced the educational game show Kerwhizz together with the CBeebies branch of the BBC. They also purchased EM.TV and the children's TV network Junior.

In 2016, Studio 100 established a partnership with Qatari-based beIN Media Group to launch an exclusive children's channel via the latter's beIN Channels Network service in the Middle East and North Africa, and provide the content. beIN's channel, beJunior, features the similar aesthetics and programming to Studio 100's own Junior channel.[1]

In 2017, Studio 100 took a majority stake in German-based m4e.,[2] while also acquiring the American production company Little Airplane Productions.[3]

In 2018, Studio 100 will open a feature-film animation studio called Studio Isar Animation in October.[4]


The headquarters of Studio 100 are located in Schelle and Londerzeel. Studio 100 has access to the largest recording studios in all of Belgium. Frequently, big events are hosted there, such as the preselections for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Dutch department of Studio 100 resides in the Mediapark in Hilversum.


Studio 100 owns the following companies.

Studio 100 Benelux

Studio 100 Benelux is the company that started Studio 100 in 1996 when it was founded. Studio 100 Benelux produces television series (Samson en Gert, Kabouter Plop and Bumba), motion pictures, theater shows, musicals (14-18 and 40-45) and music groups (K3).

  • Studio 100 TV
  • Studio 100 Hits
  • Studio 100 Go
  • Njam!, a cooking channel.
  • Dansstudio IJvi Hagelstein
  • Dedsit, a television production company.


Plopsa is the theme park division of Studio 100 that operates 7 parks, across 4 countries. The company operates (indoor) theme parks, water parks and a shop.


Plopsaland de Panne is a theme park that started the Plopsa group. The park was founded in 1936 as Meli Park and acquired in 1999 to reopen in 2000. Located in the municipality De Panne, Belgium.

  • Mayaland Indoor
  • Plopsaland Theater
  • Plopsa Hotel (opening 2020)[5]
  • Plopsa Camping (T.B.D.)[6]

Plopsa Indoor Hasselt is the first indoor theme park in Belgium and it opened in 2005 in Hasselt, Belgium

Plopsa Coo is a theme park located near the waterfalls of Coo, Belgium, it was acquired by Plopsa in 2005.

Plopsaqua de Panne is the first waterpark of the Plopsa group, which openend in 2015 in De Panne, Belgium.

Plopsaqua Hanuiten-Landen (opening 2020) is a waterpark which is set to open in 2020.[7]

Plopsa Winkel

The Netherlands

Plopsa Indoor Coevorden is an indoor theme park located in Dalen, The Netherlands, it opened in 2010.


Holiday Park is a theme park located in Haßloch, Germany. The park opened in 1971 and was acquired by Plopsa in 2010.

  • Holiday Park Indoor


Mayaland Kownaty is an indoor theme park located in Torzym, Poland. The park is a joint-venture between Plopsa and Momentum Capital, a Dutch investment company. Plopsa holds 21% of the shares and Momentum Capitol holds the other 79% of the shares.[8]

Studio 100 Media

Studio 100 Media is an international production and distribution company within the children's and family entertainment sector. In 2008 Studio 100 Media acquired E.M. Entertainment.

  • Studio 100 Film, an international, independent sales agency.
  • Junior Channel, a pay-TV channel.
  • beJunior

Made 4 Entertainment (M4E)

Made 4 Entertainment is an international brand management and media company. Studio 100 owns 90% of the company.[9]

  • M4E Television
  • Telescreen
  • Hahn & M4E Productions
  • Tex-ass
  • Onomato!
  • Yep! 48%
  • Deja vu 50%

Animation Studios

Studio 100 operates four animation studios in four countries around the world.

Studio 100 Animation founded in 2007 and is located in Paris.

Flying Bark Productions was acquired in 2007 and is located in Sydney.

Little Airplane Productions was acquired in 2017 and is located in New York City.

Studio Isar Animation was founded in 2018 as a subsidiary of Studio 100 Media in Munich.

List of Studio 100 productions

Television series currently in production

Title Since Broadcast Notes
Samson en Gert 1989 Belgium
centered on the talking dog Samson and his owner Gert.
Kabouter Plop 1997 Belgium
Revolves around the gnome Plop and his friends.
Piet Piraat 2001 Belgium
Revolves around the captain Piet Piraat and his friends on their ship, the Scheve Schuit.
There's also a spinoff series, Piet Piraat Wonderwaterwereld, where the captain tells about his underwater adventures.
De Wereld van K3 2003 Belgium
A talk show hosted by the three members of the musical ensemble K3.
Bumba 2004 Belgium
A series for toddlers, centered on the circus clown Bumba and his friends.
Mega Mindy 2006 Belgium
A children's comedy which revolves around the police agent Mieke and her superhero alter ego Mega Mindy.
AbraKOdabra 2008 Belgium
A television magic show.
Big & Small 2008 Belgium
United Kingdom
A puppet series for pre-schoolers centered on Big and Small.
Kerwhizz (Kwiskwat) 2008 Belgium
United Kingdom
A children's quiz show.
Dobus 2009 Belgium
A series revolving around three clowns and their circus master.
Slot Marsepeinstein 2009 Belgium
A series centered on Sinterklaas.
Hallo K3 2010 Belgium
Comedy series centered on the three members off the musical ensemble K3.
Bobo 2011 Belgium
Series centered on the rabbit Bobo.
Galaxy Park 2011 Belgium
Series revolving six teenagers who work at a holiday park and discover that there is an alien among them.
ROX 2011 Belgium
A children's drama about three superheroes and their special weapon: the sports car ROX.
Jabaloe 2012 Belgium A children's comedy series, revolving around a group of cowboys in the Wild West.
Hotel 13 2012 Belgium
A children's drama series centered around a hotel with a mysterious room 13.
Prinsessia[10] 2014 Belgium A children's comedy series about five princesses in princess school.

Past productions

Title Timeline Broadcast Notes
Wizzy & Woppy 1999 - 2002 Belgium
centered on two mice, a parrot and a turtle who live in a pet store.
Numtums 2013 - 2015 Belgium
United Kingdom
a group of ten small creatures called Numtums.
Big & Betsy 1999 - 2003 Belgium
centered on the flatulent and talking pig Big and his boss Betsy.
Spring 2002 - 2008 Belgium Revolves around the teenagers who dance at the Spring dance academy.
Adaptation for broadcast in the Netherlands: Topstars (2004 - 2006)
Hallo België 2003 - 2005 Belgium
A comedy series which revolved around the Flemish businessman Roger, his family and his cheerful Dutch neighbours.
It was the company's first production that was aimed at an adult audience.
Het Huis Anubis 2006 - 2009 Belgium
United States
United Kingdom
A series revolving a group of teens who live in a boarding school, where a treasure is hidden.
English spinoff: House of Anubis
German spinoff: Das Haus Anubis
Spinoff with new characters and a new mysterie Anubis en de Vijf van het Magische Zwaard
Amika 2008 - 2012 Belgium
Series about Merel and her horse Amika.

Musical ensembles and artists

  • Samson en Gert (1989–present)
  • Kabouter Plop (1997–present)
  • K3 (1998–present)
  • The 6-teens (2001 - 2004)
  • Bo en Monica (2006 - 2007)
  • Pim Symoens (2007 - 2009)
  • Wir 3 (2007–present)
  • Dalton Sisters (2008 - 2010)
  • Free Souffriau (2009–present)
  • Niels Destadsbader (2009 - 2010)
  • My 3 (2017–present) (with Tako Media - partner from Poland)


Title Belgium Netherlands revival revival
Snow White (Sneeuwwitje) 1998 2001 - 2002 2005
Cinderella (Assepoester) 1999
Pinochio (Pinokkio) 2000 2000 2006 2008
Robin Hood 2001 2012
Sleeping Beauty (Doornroosje) 2002 2002 2003 - 2004
Three Little Pigs (De Drie Biggetjes) 2003 2007 2007
The Little Mermaid (De Kleine Zeemeermin) 2004 2004 - 2005
Daens 2008
Alice in Wonderland 2011 2011
14-18, the musical[11] 2014
Wickie, the musical[12] 2015
40-45, the musical 2018


Original title English translation release release
Samson en Gert
Hotel op Stelten Panic in the hotel March 12, 2008 March 19, 2008
Kabouter Plop
De kabouterschat The gnome's treasure March 31, 1999 July 8, 1999
Plop in de Wolken Plop in the Clouds December 6, 2000 December 7, 2000
Plop en de Toverstaf Plop and the Magic Wand October 25, 2003
Plop en Kwispel Plop and Kwispel December 15, 2004 February 5, 2005
Plop en het Vioolavontuur Plop and the Violin Adventure December 14, 2005 December 22, 2005
Plop in de Stad Plop in the city December 13, 2006 December 13, 2006
Plop en de Pinguïn Plop and the Penguin October 17, 2007 October 10, 2007
Plop en de Kabouterbaby Plop and the Baby Gnome December 9, 2009 December 16, 2009
Plop wordt Kabouterkoning Plop becomes the King of Gnomes March 28, 2012 April 25, 2012
K3 en het Magische Medaillon K3 and the Magic Medallion September 29, 2004 September 29, 2004
K3 en het IJsprinsesje K3 and the Ice Princess July 26, 2006 July 20, 2006
K3 en de Kattenprins K3 and the Prince of Cats December 19, 2007 December 19, 2007
K3 Bengeltjes K3 Brats December 12, 2012 December 12, 2012
K3 Dierenhotel K3 Animal hotel February 12, 2014 February 12, 2014
K3 Love Cruise K3 Love Cruise December 10, 2017 December 10, 2017
Piet Piraat
Piet Piraat en de Betoverde Kroon Pete the Pirate and the Enchanted Crown August 3, 2005 July 20, 2005
Piet Piraat en het Vliegende Schip Pete the Pirate and the Flying Ship October 25, 2006 October 2006
Piet Piraat en het Zwaard van Zilvertand Pete the Pirate and the Sword of Silvertooth December 10, 2008 December 17, 2008
Piet Piraat en het Zeemonster Pete the Pirate and the Seamonster June 26, 2013 August 31, 2013
Mega Mindy
Het Geheim van Mega Mindy The secret of Mega Mindy July 1, 2009 July 8, 2009
Mega Mindy en het Zwarte Kristal Mega Mindy and the Black Crystal December 15, 2010 December 16, 2010
Mega Mindy en de Snoepbaron Mega Mindy and the Candy Baron December 21, 2011 December 21, 2011
Mega Mindy vs. Rox Mega Mindy vs. Rox December 9, 2015 December 9, 2015
Het Huis Anubis
Het Pad der 7 Zonden The Path of the Seven Sins October 15, 2008 October 8, 2008
Anubis en de wraak van Arghus Anubis and Arghus' Revenge December 16, 2009 December 16, 2009
Wickie de Viking
Wickie de Viking, de film Wickie the Viking, the movie March 31, 2010 April 21, 2010
Wickie en de Schat van de Goden Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods July 4, 2012 May 23, 2012


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