Warner Bros. Television Group is to acquire all Eyeworks’ businesses outside the US, in 15 countries across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Warner Bros. Eyeworks produces television programs for over 100 different channels and employs more than 1,500 people. Its titles include: Test The Nation, CQC, Who Wants to Marry my Son?, Beat The Blondes, Reality Queens of the Jungle, I Know What You Did Last Friday, Obese and Celebrity Splash.
Eyeworks USA will remain independent
Founded in The Netherlands by Oerlemans in 2001, Eyeworks is a major international independent producer and distributor of scripted and non-scripted content across a range of genres, including entertainment, drama and film, which airs in more than 150 countries worldwide.
Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment, said: “Our proposed acquisition of Eyeworks’ 15 local production companies, represents a significant next step in our strategy, further strengthening Warner Bros.’ position in global television.”
The acquisition follows the acquisition in 2010 of Shed Media, a production company in the UK, and in 2011, BlazHoffski inThe Netherlands and Belgium.
Reinout Oerlemans will move to Los Angeles as Chairman of Eyeworks USA; and will step down as CEO of the Eyeworks Group once the acquisition has been completed.
USA, Burbank, CA & The Netherlands, Amsterdam & UK, London