Jakob Verbruggen

Director for Film and Television

Theatre, Film & TV
Joe Phillips
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Jakob Verbruggen is one of the most exciting directors to emerge from the current boom in breakthrough television dramas coming out of Europe. 

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 dramas on the BBC in years.' 

Previously Jakob directed two series of Flemish crime series Code 37, and 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.


The Bridge (US version) Jul 2014
Shorewood, Inc., Elwood Reid, Inc., FX Productions, Filmlance, Shine America for FX
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Starring Diane Kruger & Demián Bichir

Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border.

The Fall 5 X 60
May 2013
Artists Studio for BBC 2
Producer Justin-Thompson Glover, Gub Neal, Patrick Irwin, Julian Stevens
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Writer Allan Cubitt
Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Séainín Brennan, Nick Lee & Gerard McCarthy

A gripping psychological thriller that forensically examines the lives of two hunters; a detective and a serial killer. Nominated for Best Drama at Broadcast Awards 2014 and Best Drama at Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

Code 37 Apr 2009
Producer Dirk Impens
Director Jakob Verbruggen

Jakob directed 19 episodes of Code 37. In the vein of Steig Larsson's Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Code 37 follows female detective Hannah Maes, who specialises in tracking down sexual offenders. Simultaneously, she's on a personal quest to find the perpetrator of a brutal attack in her mother's home.

Code 37 Oct 2011
Menuet Producties for SFD
Producer Dirk Impens
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Starring Veerle Baetens, Michael Pas , Marc Lauwrys, Gilles De Schrijver & Geert Van Rampelberg