Eyeworks New Zealand is New Zealand's leading entertainment television production company and is the country's market leader in broad appeal entertainment programmes, specialising in entertainment, lifestyle, sport and factual series.
Eyeworks New Zealand’s programming is a consistent ratings success with high rating shows on all three of New Zealand’s major channels and in Australia and the USA.
Eyeworks New Zealand was founded by Julie Christie in 1991 as Touchdown Productions and has become New Zealand’s largest producer of lifestyle, factual, entertainment, and unscripted series.
Many of its productions have become household “must sees” – including Moro Sports Extra, Mountain Dew On The Edge, Police Stop!, Ansett New Zealand Time Of Your Life, In The Face of Fear, This is Your Life, Changing Rooms, My House My Castle, Whose House Is It Anyway, DIY Rescue, The Money Game, Trading Places, Profilers, Going Straight, The Resort, Treasure Island and Game of Two Halves.
In 2001 the company began to exploit its formats overseas – its first pitch in the USA, to Fox Television, resulted in High Country Dance (which Julie produced, wrote and directed) being picked up in America and screening on Fox Network as Looking For Love: Bachelorettes in Alaska. Further international success followed with productions of Treasure Island for RTE Ireland and Channel 7 Australia and then the breakthrough quiz show The Chair, which Touchdown produced for ABC in the United States in 2002 and followed up with the sale of the format to 29 countries including the BBC in the United Kingdom, VOX in Germany and TF1, France.
The company has also expanded into drama and film, with a TV One drama series and three films in development. Touchdown became part of the Eyeworks Group in 2006, with founder Julie Christie remaining as CEO.