MEDIA RIGHTS AND CONTENT DEVELOPMENT AT HARPERCOLLINS
Around half of all movies and television shows are sourced from books. HarperCollins realizes that the search for good written content has never been greater.
To allow our authors to benefit from this opportunity, we often represent these rights for their works – and if we don’t, we work closely to put those interested in developing a property in touch with the rights holder.
We have done myriad deals, placing content with traditional movie studios and production companies, and also with newer production entities who produce high quality scripted shows for distribution outlets like over-the-top video platforms.
In our children’s division, we hold film and television rights to such classic properties as Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Ralph Mouse by Beverly Cleary, and to modern New York Times bestselling authors like Peter Lerangis, Madeleine Roux, Dan Wells, and award-winning authors like Rita Williams Garcia. Recent properties under development include Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser for the Disney Channel, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond for Amazon Studios, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell for CBS Films, and The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox, which is being co-produced by digital studios Insurrection Media and Keshet Studios.
Agented books that have been recently developed from our children’s division include Divergent by Veronica Roth from Lionsgate, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver from Awesomeness Films, and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket from Netflix.
In our adult trade division, we currently have a number of properties optioned where we hold the film and television rights: The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (The O Team), Renato’s Luck by Jeff Shapiro (Mango Productions), and The Fellowship by Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman (Awesomology Inc./Barnburner Pictures).
Agented books that have been developed from our adult trade division include American Sniper by Chris Kyle from Twentieth Century Fox, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly from Twentieth Century Fox, Sully by Chesley B. Sullenberger III from Warner Bros., Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom series from BBC America, Serena by Ron Rash from Magnolia Pictures, and the Broadway musical Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Titles in development include Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King from Lionsgate, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein from Universal Pictures, and All Involved by Ryan Gattis from HBO.
In the wheelhouse of inspirational and faith-based content, HarperCollins Christian Publishing represents an attractive catalogue of film and television rights with a number of properties currently under option: Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong (Waterman Entertainment), Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck (Odyssey Networks), Miracle On Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux (Sony Pictures), and The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter (Dolphin Entertainment) to name a few. Recently premiered or released adaptations include the CBS series How To Be A Gentleman, original book written by John Bridges, A December Bride by Denise Hunter, and For Better Or For Worse by Diann Hunt both which premiered on The Hallmark Channel.
Agented books that have been developed into pictures include Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent from Sony Pictures, The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel from Pure Flix Entertainment, and Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent from Paramount Pictures and Pure Flix Entertainment.
HarperCollins UK similarly works to develop both owned and agented titles for the big and small screens. HCUK represents dramatic rights for works by such authors as Alistair MacLean, Michael Dobbs, Judith Kerr, and Penelope Fitzgerald.
Agented Children’s books that have been developed include Michael Bond’s Paddington (Heyday Films/StudioCanal), Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse (DreamWorks) and David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress, Billionaire Boy, Mr. Stink andGangsta Granny (all BBC). Titles in development include The Parent Agency by David Baddiel (Twentieth Century Fox). Agented trade books that have been developed include George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom (Carnival Films for BBC), Len Deighton’s SS-GB (Sid Gentle Films Ltd for BBC), Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Witness for the Prosecution (both Mammoth Screen/Agatha Christie Productions for BBC), Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (Company Pictures for BBC),J. G. Ballard’s High-Rise (Recorded Picture Company), and Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea (Village Roadshow Pictures), the forthcoming Murder on the Orient Express (Twentieth Century Fox), The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Twentieth Century Fox), Arrowood (Cave Bear), and Finding Gobi (Twentieth Century Fox).
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