Celebrity Splash

ITV ‘set to buy Twofour’

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire Plymouth-based production and distribution group Twofour, a Media Guardian report claims. The deal’s value is not known, but could see Educating Essex producer Twofour fetch around £70 million (US$107.5 million), according the paper’s estimates. Twofour merged with Boom Pictures in October 2013, though the partnership has not been […]

Eyeworks Oz boss exiting to form JV prodco

The managing director of Eyeworks Television Australia is exiting to form a new joint venture prodco with Aussie post-production house Cutting Edge. John McAvoy is launching McAvoy Media. His departure comes after Warner Bros. acquired Eyeworks Group this year. Cutting Edge CEO Michael Burton said: “At Cutting Edge we offer so much more than a traditional post […]

Job losses expected at Eyeworks International Distribution

The futures of around 20 staff at Eyeworks International Distribution (EID) are unclear following Warner Bros.’s acquisition of the rest of the Eyeworks Group. Sources have said EID staffers are contracted until the end of the year, at which point an unspecified number will move to new roles within sister company Eyeworks USA and others […]

Warner Bros. completes Eyeworks deal

Warner Bros. has completed its multimillion dollar takeover of Netherlands-based production group Eyeworks. The US studio has obtained the necessary regulatory approvals and now owns the Eyeworks international business. That business spans 15 international territories, excluding the US, which was not part of the deal. Warner Bros. said the acquisition was a landmark for its […]

Eyeworks’ revenue hits €274m

Europe-based production giant Eyeworks has posted strong full-year financial results, with revenue up 9% year-on-year to €274 million (US377.9 million). Warner Bros. is soon to acquire the privately-owned company for around €200 million and Eyeworks’ latest results will please those at the top of the Burbank-based studio. Besides growing revenue 9%, earning before interest, taxation, […]

Eyeworks’ Oerlemans recovering after heart attack

Eyeworks founder Reinout Oerlemans is in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. Oerlemans – who last month agreed to sell Eyeworks to Warner Bros. International Television Production for €200 million (US$277.4 million) – felt ill after a hockey match and after heading home in discomfort decided to drive himself to a local hospital. […]

Warner Bros. completes Eyeworks deal, Oerlemans exits

Warner Bros. International Television Production has paid a reported €200 million (US$273.3 million) to acquire Celebrity Splash producer Eyeworks, with the latter’s founder Reinout Oerlemans exiting as a result. The deal, which has been in the works for the past month, lands Warner Bros. a production entity with bases in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, […]

Warner Bros. tipped to buy Eyeworks

Warner Bros. wants to buy Dutch production group Eyeworks and is in advanced talks with its shareholders, local reports are claiming. Time Warner-owned Warner Bros. has been looking to build its international business and has set its sight on Celebrity Splash producer, according to reports in the Netherlands. The deal is not yet finalised but […]

Eyeworks wins diving formats ruling over Banijay

A Dutch court has ruled in favour of Eyeworks in its copyright infringement case with rival producer and distributor Banijay. Eyeworks immediately said that it is considering legal action against Banijay for damages. Banijay alleged Eyework’s Celebrity Splash format (pictured) infringed its copyright relating to TV Total Turmspringen (aka Stars in Danger). However, a Dutch […]

Greek net dives in with Eyeworks format

Greek commercial broadcaster Antenna Television has ordered its own series of Eyeworks’ diving format Celebrity Splash. The series, in which celebrities perform dives from boards of up to 10 metres, will launch on ANT1. While Keshet International’s Rising Star is emerging as the break-out format of MIPCOM 2013, Celebrity Splash was among the most well […]

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