LONDON — Ambitious Dutch TV group Eyeworks has acquired respected compatriot production house Egmond Film & Television.
Under the deal, Egmond will be fully incorporated into Eyeworks, and the new outfit will trade as Eyeworks Egmond. CEO Hans de Weer will remain on board.
Egmond’s Dutch-language pics include “Nynke,” “Polleke,” “Oysters” and the Oscar-winning “Antonia’s Line.” Egmond was a co-producer on titles such as “Mrs. Dalloway,” “Eric in the Land of Insects,” “Mindhunters” and “Alexander.”
The acquisition is part of Eyeworks’ ongoing drive to break into drama and film.
Eyeworks CEO Reinout Oerlemans says, “I anticipate that we will now be able to develop as strong a platform in drama as we have in entertainment and sport.”
Oerlemans, who founded Amsterdam-based Eyeworks in 2001, noted the Egmond deal was in keeping with his outfit’s international ambitions.
Until last year, Eyeworks focused mainly on sports coverage and formats like “Test the Nation,” which sold to 25 countries. In 2005, the company bought successful Flemish production house MMG, responsible for pics such as “The Alzheimer Case” and “The Wedding Party.” This was followed last spring by the acquisition of New Zealand-based Touchdown Television, creators of TV formats such as “Miss Popularity,” “How Normal Are You?” and “The Chair.”