Four Emmy nominations for The White Queen
The White Queen, a BBC/Starz series co-produced with and almost entirely shot in Flanders is nominated for four Emmy Awards. This for Oustanding Miniseries, Music Composition (John Lunn), Costumes and Hairstyling. The series was the very first project ever to receive support from the Screen Flanders economic fund.
Recognizing excellence in the television industry, the Emmy Awards are what the Academy Awards mean for film. The Emmys are held on an annual basis, this year marking its 66th edition. The awards ceremony will be held on 25 August in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Last year, BBC/HBO series Parade’s End, also a coproduction with Flanders was nominated in five categories.
Based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel series ‘The Cousin’s War’ and adapted for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is set in 1464, during the height of the War of the Roses. Directed by James Kent, Jamie Payne and Collin Teague and starring a.o. Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), James Frain (The Tudors), Rebbeca Ferguson and Janet McTeer (Parade’s End), The White Queen tells the thrilling story of three women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne.
The shoot took 125 days of which 120 were shot in studio or on location in Flanders. Amazed by the authenticity of its medieval architecture, the production decided to base their production centre in the city of Bruges. Flemish talent and crew also joined the production, with actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) starring in the role of Margaret of Anjou and Lize Feryn (In Flanders Fields), Joren Seldeslachts (Little Black Spiders) and Ben Van den Heuvel (Crazy About Ya) taking on smaller parts. Over 120 local professionals and companies were involved in the production with key functions for Kurt Loyens (art director), Jimmy Van Meel (standby art director), Wim De Waegenaere (location manager), Jan Deca (sound recordist), Raissa Hans (costume supervisor), Wim Temmerman (gaffer), Kurt Reybrouck and Bo Molderez (key grip) and Koen Fransen (production manager).
The White Queen is a co-production of the UK based Company Pictures and Belgian production company CZAR TV. Also the Flemish public broadcaster VRT supported the series. The BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund provided the financing share through the Belgian Tax Shelter system. The series was granted support by the Media Fund of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and by Screen Flanders.
Set photo The White Queen, main actress Rebecca Ferguson © Czar TV