Producer Pieter Kroonenburg, of Kingsborough Pictures, Inc. has enjoyed considerable success in the film business worldwide. He is currently based in Los Angeles and Montreal.
Fluent in Dutch, French and English, and fresh out of the Amsterdam Film Academy, Pieter became Joseph Losey’s assistant on ‘Modesty Blaise’ in Amsterdam and Sicily. He was then hired to re-organize and run the production company, Film Group One in Amsterdam, and produced TV commercials and documentaries. He went on to Rome and became Production Manager on a series of Italian westerns.
In Paris, as J. Walter Thompson’s Vice President and Head of TV Production, Pieter produced some of the best TV commercials to come out of Europe, working with leading directors like Hugh Hudson, Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne, and Tony and Ridley Scott. He left advertising to produce ‘Girls’ in Paris and The ‘Lucky Star’ (starring Rod Steiger and Louise Fletcher – 3 Genies and 11 Genie nominations (Canada’s Academy Award) in Montreal. Pieter stayed in Canada to create his own Filmline Productions, which later became Filmline International, one of the largest production companies in the country. Filmline’s TV credits include ‘Cook and Peary: Race to the Pole’ (Rod Steiger and Richard Chamberlain), ‘Broken Vows’ (Tommy Lee Jones), ‘Spearfield’s Daughter’ (Christopher Plummer), ‘Choices’ (George C Scott, Jacqueline Bessett), ‘Barnum’ (Burt Lancaster) and ‘Ford: The Man and the Machine’ (Cliff Robertson). After this Pieter produced ‘Bethune: The Making of a Hero’, a four-hour mini-series for the CBC (starring Donald Sutherland – 5 Gemini nominations) and The Sound and the Silence (George C. Scott), a four-hour mini-series for TNT.
Pieter’s film producing credits for Filmline include: ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’ (Jodie Foster and Beau Bridges), ‘Heartaches’ (Annie Potts – 3 Genies and 7 nominations), ‘Cross Country’ (Richard Beymer), ‘Breaking All the Rules’, ‘The Blue Man’ (Karen Black-First prize Avoriaz Film Festival), ‘Toby McTeague’, ‘Wild Thing’ , ‘Le Palanquin des Larmes’, and the feature film ‘Bethune: The Making of a Hero’ (Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren), the first co-production of a western country with China.
Since 1996, Pieter has produced (with Julie Allan) for Kingsborough Greenlight Pictures: ‘The Call of the Wild’ (Rutger Hauer), ‘Hemoglobin’ (Rutger Hauer), ‘Habitat’ (Balthazar Getty), ‘For Hire’ (Rob Lowe and Joe Montegna), ‘Laserhawk’ (Mark Hamel), ‘Nico The Unicorn’ (Anne Archer, Kevin Zegers), Owd Bob (James Cromwell and Colm Meany) -Saskatchewan UNICEF Award of Honor), ‘Out Of Control’ (Tom Conti and Sean Young),’Treasure Island’ (Jack Palance-the Flagstaff International Film Festival GOLD AWARD), ‘To Walk With Lions’ (Richard Harris and Ian Bannen – London, England, Royal Premiere – Five Genie nominations, one for Best Picture, and The American Environmental Media Award). He also produced’ The Intruder’ (Nastassja Kinski and John Hannah), ‘Hide and Seek’ (Jennifer Tilly and Daryl Hannah), ‘My Five Wives’ (Rodney Dangerfield), and ‘Deceit’ (Debbi Mazar), and ‘Hollywood Flies’, a Canadian/Italian co-production for GFT Kingsborough Films.
In Development: ‘The Prince of Cool’, the story of jazz legend, singer and trumpet player Chet Baker. ‘Willie The Squouse’, an animated and live action adaptation of the award winning book by Ted Allan, about an adorable creature -half mouse, half squirrel- who unwittingly changes people’s lives. ‘Ocean Warrior’, tells the story of Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson who broke from the organization in order to take to the high seas to hunt and sink illegal whaling ships around the world. ‘Spanish Moon’ is the true story of Ted Allan, a young Canadian reporter in Spain at the time of the Spanish Civil War, who falls in love with Gerda Taro, girlfriend to the famous war photographer Frank Capa. ‘Caper’, an adaptation of the novel by Lawrence Sanders, tells the story of a writer who, in an effort to make her books seem more realistic and increase her sales, organizes a fake heist with the help of real life criminals. things go downhill from there. ‘Harmony’, a family picture inspired by Wilma the orphaned whale of Fundy Bay who makes friends with a young girl who saves her and together they fight the Oil and Gas companies who are polluting the St. Lawrence River. ‘Bear Child’, a mini-series inspired by the life of Jerry Potts whose father was Scottish and mother a Kainai of the Blackfoot Confederation. Called Bear Child by his mother’s people, the series is set in the North American West in the violent 1880s, the last decade of the Indigenous peoples’ way of life.