Dutch production group Eyeworks is for sale, and Sony Pictures Television, Italy’s De Agostini Group and Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group are among the potential suitors, according to a report from Dutch financial daily Financieele Dagblad.
Founder Reinout Oerlemans has retained Goldman Sachs as its advisor. The report says that another option being explored includes a capital injection in return for new shares. In a statement, Oerlemans said, “Whatever the outcome of this will be, at this stage [it's] still wide open.” The report says that Oerlemans expects something to be firmed up by summer.
Eyeworks operates in 17 countries and employs roughly 1,000, with a turnover of more than €200 million. Among its titles are the formats Test the Nation (pictured) and Who Wants to Marry My Son?, and Eyeworks USA’s recent hit for Discovery, Flying Wild Alaska.