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About BKM

About Beşiktaş Kültür Merkez

Necati Akpinar and Yilmaz Erdogan bought an old forsaken cinema in 1998 and turned it into a theater and established BKM. To be successful in their venture Yilmaz Erdogan’s first play “Otogargara” would have to be staged to sold-out audiences for several seasons. This was a big risk that happily paid off. Following suit was “Bir Demet Tiyatro” shot live on the same stage and screened on TV for many years with #1 ratings. BKM also went into organizing concerts and shows for international stars such as Leonard Cohen, Rihanna, Madonna and Sting.

BKM Film was established in 2000 with its first feature film “Vizontele” which became a record-breaking box office hit written and co-directed by Yilmaz Erdogan. BKM not only changed the way films are produced in Turkey, but also the cinema-going habits of Turkish people, carving out a significant niche for itself with above 90 million viewers in 18 years. As BKM produces some of the highest budgeted films in the region, it would be an understatement to say BKM is the leading film production company in the country. With over 60 movies under its belt BKM, reaching 90+ million viewers, is now producing 10+ films, 4 television shows with top ratings, and countless theater acts each season.

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