About us

TV like a Panenka: an audacious shot on goal, both bold and delicate

Welcome to Panenka!

Panenka is a production company, that has been creating tv programmes since 2014. Tom Lenaerts and Kato Maes founded it, after years of experience in the world of tv, movie and advertisement.

Tom wrote a small part of television history in Flanders with Schalkse Ruiters, De Mol and De Pappenheimers. He also wrote and directed the tv shows De Parelvissers (één) and Met Man En Macht (VIER). Kato was co-founder and managing partner at Caviar, well-known for its international activities. As a producer of fiction and advertisements, Kato worked on expanding the company across the boarders, and as an executive producer, she was involved in realising various fiction programmes and movies, such as De Smaak Van De Keyser (één) and Dirty Mind.

Panenka also counts Bart Cannaerts and Tom Baetens in its ranks. In 2007, Bart won the Humo Comedy Cup and ever since, he has been taking Flanders by storm and by smile. He later co-founded production company Shelter, together with Tom Baetens. They won several awards for Benidorm Bastards and Wat Als?. Both programmes also won them an International Emmy for Best Comedy.

In the mean time, we've been growing into a strong team of tv makers, editors, producers and freelancers. We work all day hoping to create some shows that will touch our viewers, and are both universal and international. In doing so, quality is always our main goal. So in short, TV as a Panenka: a audacious shot on goal, a penalty that is both bold and delicate.


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Wondering what it is we actually do? Discover our productions here.