Walker and Kindle to produce Hank Zipzer TV series

Walker Productions, responsible for developing Walker Books content for television, has partnered with DHX Media, Screen Yorkshire and Kindle Entertainment to produce a series based on the Hank Zipzer books for CBBC.
 
CBBC has commissioned the comedy drama series based on the popular Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever books written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, which are published by Walker.
 
The show is currently in production and will take the form of 13 30-minute episodes, to air on CBBC in the new year. Henry Winkler will feature in the role of Mr Rock the music teacher. The actor turned author is best known his role as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli in Happy Days.
 
Sue Nott, executive producer for CBBC said the Hank Zipzer stories were inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler and how he felt growing up with dyslexia.  “At CBBC we try to reflect the lives of children back at them and Hank Zipzer shows that achievement comes in all shapes and sizes – and it’s set to be very funny too,” she said.
 
Helen McAleer, chief global development officer of Walker Books Group and Walker Productions managing director is working on the project on behalf of Walker, Anne Brogan will executive produce for Kindle Entertainment, Steven DeNure will serve as executive producer for DHX and Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire.
 
McAleer said: “We have long been champions of Hank Zipzer at Walker, we love what Henry and Lin have created with this series and enjoyed every moment of working with them. Henry has been hugely supportive in the UK, touring the country and generating waves of excitement wherever he goes. We’re delighted to be taking Hank to television screens and know that CBBC will provide a great home for this very special series.”