Nils Vleugels grew up in an unremarkable Dutch town dreaming of becoming a paleontologist. When he later learned that this required him to excel in the exact sciences, he permanently shuttered the dinosaur museum in his bedroom and redirected his interest towards (watching) film and television.
During his time at the University of Amsterdam, Nils, along with two friends, co-established the production company DPPLR, marking the beginning of his directing career. He realized that comedy was his true calling, whether it's characterized by awkward moments or visual humor. His cringe comedy web series, "Kramp," has amassed over 35 million views, securing its position as one of the most-watched online series in the Netherlands. Additionally, his short film, "Weeën," received a nomination for a Golden Calf in the category of Best Dutch Short Film. This film tells the story of an expectant father grappling with stress and doubts about fatherhood while his girlfriend is on the verge of giving birth, drawing inspiration from his own life (it all worked out fine).
Nils has directed advertising campaigns for a diverse range of clients, including Bavaria, Ben, Bol.com
, Chocomel, Dr. Oetker, Dutch Heart Foundation, Duyvis, Eurojackpot, Knab, Klene, KLM, McDonald's, The Ministry of Defence, SAP, Viaplay, and Volkswagen.