Joop van den Ende
Full name: Johannes Adrianus van den Ende
Born: Amsterdam, February 23, 1942
Known as: Television and theater producer
Personal: Married with Janine Klijberg, 2 children
Memorable quote: “I prefer being behind the scenes.”
The name Joop van den Ende is famous in the entertainment business. He started producing large-scale entertainment shows for Dutch television – such as the Playbackshow and the Surpriseshow – at a time when this was completely new. Drama series like Dagboek van een herdershond (Diary of a German Shepherd) and De Fabriek (The Factory) also made a big impression. People stayed home to watch them. In recent years, Joop van den Ende has been concentrating on theater. He is widely seen as the man who put musical theater on the map in the Netherlands.