Jakob Verbruggen is one of the most exciting directors to emerge from the current boom in breakthrough television dramas coming out of Europe. The lead director of two series of Flemish crime series Code 37, Jakob also went on to direct the theatrically released feature length version of the series in 2011. A US remake of Code 37 with Oscar winners Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik is currently in development
In 2012 Jakob directed BBC crime drama The Fall for Artists Studio, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan which was shown on BBC2 in 2013. It was described by the Guardian as one of the best 'one of the best things to have appeared on the BBC in years.'