Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's UK production outfit Working Title Films has emerged as a potential candidate to buy leading UK TV company Tiger Aspect Productions.

Spokespersons for both companies confirmed UK press reports that a deal was being explored, although both stressed that talks were no more than exploratory at this stage.

Tiger has been talking with a number of suitors including Endemol, BSkyB and Granada. Working Title has a first-look deal with Tiger for features. The two companies have collaborated on Billy Elliot and Bean.

"There are talks with a number of people, as they are often doing," said a spokesperson for Tiger.