TVNZ plans DIY series

New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ has commissioned a Eyeworks DIY-themed format. Our First Home is billed as an “entertaining new spin on the competitive DIY reality format”. Each episode will see three Kiwi families – comprising parents and their first-time buyer children – buying, renovating and then selling properties. “Our First Home is sure to strike […]

Paul Jackson joins Videojug, targets Buzzfeed and Vice

Ex-Eyeworks, BBC and ITV executive Paul Jackson has taken a consultancy role at Videojug as part of a restructure at the online content firm that sees its CEO, Tom Laidlaw, leave the business. Videojug is a how-to site covering a range of lifestyle topics from fashion to food. The company said that Jackson’s brief as […]

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 […]

Zodiak’s Lagewaard exits for Strix

Strix Holland has hired Tatiana Lagewaard as creative director. She joins production company Strix from Zodiak Nederland, the Dutch division of Zodiak Media, where she was head of development. The move reunites her with Roy Aalderink, who was CEO of Zodiak Nederland until March this year when he landed the role of Strix Holland chief […]

Talpa’s de Mol predicts major prodco consolidation

John de Mol has predicted “further centralisation” will lead to between three and five consolidated super indies dominating the production landscape within the next three years. Speaking exclusively to TBI, Endemol co-founder de Mol pointed to current M&A movement within the super indies as a sign major consolidation is forthcoming. This comes as Warner Bros. […]

Europe’s most valuable formats

The UK is the most lucrative formats market in Europe, while TF1 is the leading broadcaster and Money Drop and Come Dine with Me are the most successful formats in the region, according to new research. Endemol, ITV and FremantleMedia, meanwhile, are Europe’s most successful formats distributors. Knowing the value of your content is a […]

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, […]

MIPTV 2014 news brief: The Feds pursuing Zombie Boot Camp

Australia-based prodco The Feds has hired veteran producer Julia Peters ahead of heading to Cannes to launch its new zombie series. Peters, who has worked for Essential Media and Entertainment, Eyeworks, FremantleMedia and the major Australian networks, will be executive producer at The Feds. The Feds, which recently secured a portion of Screen Australia’s funding […]

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, […]