25 Years ago BosBros was founded by Burny Bos. At that point Burny had already achieved great appreciation for his contribution to and professionalization of child and youth television in the Netherlands.
Burny’s roots lie in writing children’s books. He wrote over 40 books, all published by Publisher Leopold. Like his idol Annie M.G. Schmidt he proclaims ‘cheerful anarchism’ in all his work as well as a constant struggle against the ‘stay-clean-and-act-normal’ syndrome of adults.
His passion for literature goes along with a great sense of what works well on television and radio. Since 1975 this resulted in groundbreaking and hugely popular television and radio programs for youth.
In 1999 Burny was elected Broadcast Man of the Year. In an interview with one of the leading broadcasting magazines, he says, “I am convinced that there has to be an audience for Dutch films. Success for the cinema release of ‘Abeltje’ may result in a new trend every Christmas with a new Dutch production that can compete with foreign productions. Which is good for the image of the Dutch film industry.”
And that is exactly what happened in the end. Burny set up a foundation called; “Children of Annie M. G. Schmidt “, which aim is to film all her works. They all have been blockbusters so far. Beside the successes of the screen versions of the Annie M. G. books, Burny as well is responsible for masterpieces like Winky’s Horse, Alfie the Werewolf, Fidgety Bram and Mr. Frog. All heartwarming and timeless high quality family feature films.
In September 2014 the Secretary of State Mr. Dekker awarded Burny Bos the Golden Calf for the Culture Prize for his entire oeuvre. This is the highest cinema award in the Netherlands.