Production company Kindle Entertainment has bought the rights to develop David Melling’s Hugless Douglas character into a TV show.
The deal was brokered by Karen Lawler, executive manager of licensing at Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), and Nirmal Sandhu, head of rights at HCG, with Val Ames, director of production at Kindle Entertainment.
Kindle is currently developing 52 11-minute TV shows for the pre-school audience, although no broadcast deals have yet been signed.
Anne Brogan, co-director of Kindle Entertainment, said: “We fell in love with the books the first time we saw them and can’t wait to bring the wonderfully funny and innocent character of Hugless Douglas alive on TV.”
Melling’s Hugless Douglas picture book was published by Hodder, now part of HCG, in 2010. The series now includes Don’t Worry, Hugless Douglas, Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep, and We Love You, Hugless Douglas and has sold in 26 countries worldwide.
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