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Eyeworks USA Relaunches as 3 Ball Entertainment

Indie unscripted production company Eyeworks USA is relaunching as 3 Ball Entertainment.

The move follows the acquisition of Eyeworks’ foreign operations by Warner Bros. last year. Reinout Oerlemans is chairman of 3 Ball. Todd Nelson and Ross Weintraub will serve as co-CEOs.

Jd Roth, who co-founded the company as 3 Ball Prods. with Nelson in 2001, is stepping down as CEO to focus on producing projects for the company.

Former president Brant Pinvidic has been elevated to chief creative officer, overseeing the company’s current slate and development. Jeff Goldman, former co-managing director of Eyeworks Distribution, has been named chief business officer.

“As TV mobilizes for the future, our newly independent 3 Ball Entertainment is perfectly positioned for its next chapter of success and growth, including pushing into new arenas,” Oerlemans said. “I look forward to overseeing the expansion of our business across existing and new platforms and genres as we reaffirm our commitment to producing the highest quality content.
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Warner Bros TV Group Seals Acquisition Of Eyeworks’ Non-u.S. Businesses

  • Deadline TV
In February, Warner Bros Television Group said it had entered into an agreement to acquire the businesses of Netherlands-based producer Eyeworks outside the U.S. Today, the studio confirms it has received the required regulatory approvals and has completed the transaction. In yet another instance of key consolidation in the indie TV production space, Warner is buying Eyeworks’ interests in 15 territories across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The deal adds 13 new markets to Warners’ international network of production companies, helping it establish a strong foothold. Warner Bros is also taking over all of Eyeworks’ international distribution activities for both formats and finished product. Founded by Reinout Oerlemans in 2001, Eyeworks toils in scripted and non-scripted content across a range of genres which air in more than 150 countries. Its credits include Celebrity Splash!, Extreme Weight Loss and Test The Nation. Warner Bros International Television Production, led by Evp Ronald Goes,
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Warner Bros. TV Group Acquires Eyeworks Group

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros. TV Group Acquires Eyeworks Group
Warner Bros. Television Group has entered into an agreement to acquire all Eyeworks’ businesses outside the Us, in 15 countries across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The deal adds 13 new territories to Wbtv’s network of production companies. Manhattan Beach-based Eyeworks USA — run by producer-CEOs J.D. Roth and Todd A. Nelson — will remain independent. Also read: ‘The Lego Movie’ Snaps a Bright, Colorful Franchise Into Place for Warner Bros. Animation Reinout Oerlemans (pictured, left, with Robbie Williams) will step down as CEO of Eyeworks and become the new chairman of Eyeworks USA. Ronald Goes, executive vice president and head.
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Warner Bros. Sets $273 Mil Deal To Buy Eyeworks’ International TV Operations

In a big move to expand its overseas production operations, Warner Bros. TV Group has cut a deal to acquire the international production units of Netherlands-based Eyeworks in a deal valued at more than $273 million.

The deal, unveiled Tuesday ayem, will give Warner Bros. TV a foothold in 14 key territories across Europe, South America as well as in Australia and New Zealand. The Eyeworks USA unit will remain independent and is not included in the purchase. Television Business Intl. pegged the price tag at $273.3 million.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara 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.”

After the buyout is complete, Eyeworks Group CEO and co-founder Reinout Oerlemans will relocate to the U.S. to become chairman of Eyeworks USA, which is run by producers J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson.

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Report: Warner Bros. In Talks To Acquire Dutch TV Group Eyeworks

Paris– Warner Bros. in reportedly in discussions to acquire Amsterdam-based TV group Eyeworks, the producer of such popular formats as “Celebrity Splash,” “The Bigger Loser” and “Beat the Blondes.”

The discussions, first reported by Tbi, have yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and Eyeworks.

Looking to expand its geographical footprint across Europe, Warner Bros. previously made a bid to acquire Endemol, another Dutch company whose credits include “Deal or No Deal” and “Big Brother,” in late 2011.

Co-founded by former Endemol chief Joop van den Ende and Reinout Oerlemans in 2001, Eyeworks hired Goldman Sachs back in 2011 to assess the value of the outfit and explored several acquisition offers; but eventually decided to remain independent.

Eyeworks operates in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Portugal and the U.S..
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Fox TV Studios Pacts with Eyeworks for Scandinavian Projects

Fox Television Studios is mining for Scandinavian gold, setting a scripted development deal with Netherlands-based Eyeworks Group to generate projects for U.S. and international markets.

Deal was unveiled Wednesday by Fox TV Studios prexy David Madden and Reinout Oerlemans, CEO and founder of Eyeworks, and Eyeworks’ Poa Stromberg.

Madden said the deal was driven in part by Fox TV Studios’ experience in adapting the Danish drama “Forbrydelsen” into the AMC drama “The Killing.” It opened his eyes to the wealth of books, films and TV series that originate in the region.

“We didn’t want simply to wait for finished product to come to us – we wanted the opportunity to leap into the trenches with Scandinavian writers, and to develop stories from the ground up whose universal appeal would stem from their origins in the richness of Scandinavia’s unique sensibilities,” Madden said.

Los Angeles-based producer Melinda Jason, who
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ABC picks up reality show 'Celebrity Splash'

ABC picks up reality show 'Celebrity Splash'
ABC has picked up a new reality series called Celebrity Splash, it has been announced. Based on the format of a hit Netherlands TV show produced by Eyeworks USA, the new series will feature celebrities compete in diving competitions to be judged by a panel of professional divers. In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Eyeworks USA founder Reinout Oerlemans said: "Eyeworks had been developing the Celebrity Splash format for years, confident that it would resonate in the family entertainment genre with audiences around the world. "Now, coming off its huge and instantaneous success in Holland, with Sbs believing (more)
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A Trailer For Dutch Epic Nova Zembla

The biggest buzz currently in the Dutch film industry is the upcoming premiere of Reinout Oerlemans' sophomore feature "Nova Zembla", a large-scale historical drama which is also the first Dutch movie to be filmed with the new 3D technology. The story concerns the true-life travel of Willem Barentsz, who in 1596 tried to find a shorter shipping route to India by going North over Russia through uncharted waters. The ship and its crew got surprisingly far, managing to round the Northern tip of the island Nova Zembla before getting irrevocably stuck in the ice. Plagued by hunger, extreme cold and attacks by polar bears, the men made it through the winter by demolishing their wooden ship and using the planks to build a large shelter...
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DVD Review: Love Life

Love Life

Guest Review by Dog Ate My Wookie

Stars: Anna Drijver, Barry Atsma, Carice van Houten | Written by Gert Embrechts | Directed by Reinout Oerlemans

When I got the press release for Love Life (aka Stricken), I didn’t read it… I like to judge books by their covers and this one was littered with boobies and a naked man! Little did I know I’d need tissues for a whole other reason by the time Love Life had come to a close. I don’t know who Yellow Knife (the distributors) are but if this is the drama, the calibre of film they’re bringing to the UK market then perhaps they’re a label to watch.

It’s human nature to take life for granted and successful ad exec Stijn (Atsma) is a man who likes to dip his wick over and over again, he’s riding the
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Eyeworks rules out sale

Dutch maker of shows including Test the Nation and The Biggest Loser was seen as an attractive acquisition for ITV

Dutch-based international production group Eyeworks, maker of shows including Test the Nation and The Biggest Loser, has decided not to sell up following a strategic review conducted by Goldman Sachs.

With offices in 17 countries and a large range of reality and fiction formats Eyeworks had been considered an attractive acquisition for companies such as ITV which is desperate to boost its international production operation.

Eyeworks, co-founded by former Endemol chief Joop van den Ende's investment company Ende & Deitmers in 2001, said it received a "number of approaches by several parties" which had prompted it to call in Goldman Sachs to assess all strategic options.

"With the recovery of the economy and the increasing demand for new TV content we were actively approached by various parties to participate in the rapid
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This Week In Trailers: Love Life, The Other Side Of Paradise, Wolf At The Door, The Be All And End All, Red Princess Blues

  • Slash Film
This Week In Trailers: Love Life, The Other Side Of Paradise, Wolf At The Door, The Be All And End All, Red Princess Blues
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Love Life Trailer A few weeks ago I talked about a trailer called New Kids Turbo. I received a good amount of e-mail letting me
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This week's new films

Of Gods And Men (15)

(Xavier Beauvois, 2010, Fra) Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. 122 mins.

The spiritualism is far from abstract in this powerful, resonant drama, based on a story of French Cistercian monks in 1990s north Africa. When their harmonious village life is threatened by violent Islamic fundamentalists, they're given a real test of faith. Should they stay or go? Do they belong there anyway? Are they ready for martydom?

Megamind (PG)

(Tom McGrath, 2010, Us) Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey. 96 mins.

Smart, polished animation with Ferrell's blue meanie vanquishing his nemesis, but then wanting to be good.

Monsters (12A)

(Gareth Edwards, 2010, UK/Us) Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able. 94 mins.

Low-budget sci-fi plus indie date movie equals alternative credentials, as a couple trek through a futuristic Mexico infested with aliens and metaphors.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)

(Jalmari Helander, 2010, Fin) Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen. 83 mins.

This deadpan Finnish treat reimagines Santa as an evil child-snatcher.
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New Trailer & Images for Carice van Houten’s Love Life

  • HeyUGuys
Our friends over at Obsessed with Film have a brand new trailer for Carice van Houten’s new movie, Love Life. The trailer does a great job of telling the story of the movie which if you watch the red band version of this trailer, you’ll realise it seems to have rather a lot of sex in it!

Love Life (or the dutch title ‘Stricken’ also stars Barry Atsma, Anna Drijver, Jeroen Willems, Pierre Bokma, Eline Van der Velden, Sacha Bulthuis and is directed by Reinout Oerlemans. The movie is based on the novel called ‘A Woman Goes to the Doctor’ (Komt Een Vrouw bij de Dokter) which tell us has been translated into no less than 26 languages.

Synopsis: Stijn loves life and life loves him. He’s got his own business, a wonderful daughter and Carmen, his beautiful wife. There’s no need for her to know that
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Mugabe and the White African and Soundtrack for a Revolution Lead 2009 Int. Documentary Ass. Noms

While I've yet to see the doc myself (I reference Claire Denis' White Material when I think of what the film might hold narratively), when the Cinema Eye Honor Noms were released I was surprised to see that, despite the positive buzz, Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson's Mugabe and the White African only manage to grab one nomination. Clearly the film is a favorite for the 2009 edition of the Ida Awards - it picked up three nominations in the Feature Documentary, ABCNews VideoSource Award an the Pare Lorentz Award categories. - While I've yet to see the doc myself (I reference Claire Denis' White Material when I think of what the film might hold narratively), when the Cinema Eye Honor Noms were released I was surprised to see that, despite the positive buzz, Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson's Mugabe and the White African only manage to grab one nomination.
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Octomom reality show reports premature

In the latest twist in the Octomom saga, several media outlets reported Wednesday that Nadya Suleman has finally landed a reality TV show deal.

Except there was one problem: It wasn't true, at least not yet.

Suleman told Life & Style magazine that she'd signed a deal with U.K. production house Eyeworks.

"Yes, it is official," Suleman was quoted as saying. "I'm going to be doing a show, but it's not a reality show. What I'm doing with this TV show is basically creating documentaries about the lives of my children. ... It will air in the U.K. and then we'll see if the U.S. is interested."

But it wasn't official. No U.K. network has signed to carry the show.

And even Eyeworks said it didn't have a deal with her yet, though the parties are in talks.

"At this time we are in active negotiations with Nadya
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Eyeworks grabs 50% stake in 3Ball

Eyeworks grabs 50% stake in 3Ball
AMSTERDAM -- Dutch production house Eyeworks, owned by TV-presenter Reinout Oerlemans, has taken a 50% share in American television company 3Ball Prods., the Amsterdam-based company said Tuesday. The deal with one of the "most successful TV production houses in the U.S." according to Oerlemans, puts Eyeworks' ambitions to grow internationally front and center. 3Ball, based in Los Angeles since 2001, is known for such reality shows as The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek. The originators of the company are Todd Nelson and TV host J.D. Roth.

Eyeworks takes over Egmond

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AMSTERDAM -- Dutch production house Eyeworks, owned by television presenter Reinout Oerlemans, announced Thursday the takeover of Amsterdam-based Egmond Film and Television, producer of Dutch Oscar-winner Antonia's Line. Egmond founder Hans van de Weers will stay in charge of the production house. In a statement Oerlemans said that his company already specializes in sports and entertainment programs, but as a result of the takeover it now also wants to play a major part in Dutch film and TV drama production. "Egmond has proven itself to be an important player in this field in the past," he said.

Dutch tycoon takes Eyeworks stake

Dutch tycoon takes Eyeworks stake
AMSTERDAM -- Dutch media tycoon Joop van den Ende, formerly a partner in Endemol, has taken a 30% interest in Amsterdam-based television production outfit Eyeworks. Van den Ende also will join the company as an adviser, Eyeworks announced Monday. The company did not reveal the amount Van den Ende paid for his stake, but the investment will be used primarily for international expansion. Eyeworks recently appointed Mark Lazar, formerly of Versatel, as its financial director. Van den Ende joins Eyeworks, owned by Dutch TV celebrity Reinout Oerlemans, through his new investment company, Van den Ende and Deitmers, which he recently set up with former Endemol director Hubert Deitmers.

Eyeworks scores Touchdown

Eyeworks scores Touchdown
AMSTERDAM -- Dutch production house Eyeworks said Thursday it has purchased New Zealand-based Touchdown Television, which specializes in entertainment, sports and lifestyle programs. Touchdown, the largest entertainment provider in New Zealand, will be known as Eyeworks Touchdown beginning April 1. The company is based in Auckland with branches in London and Los Angeles. New Zealand TV producer Julie Christie, who started the company in 1991, will head the new venture. Eyeworks, launched by Dutch TV celebrity Reinout Oerlemans, is one of the largest independent production companies in the Netherlands.

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