The adventures of Hugless Douglas are heading to television.
Kindle Entertainment has optioned the TV rights to the popular character after agreeing a deal with Hodder Children’s Books, TVWise has learned. The indie plans to develop a 52 episode animated series based on Hugless Douglas with a target audience of boys and girls aged 5-6.
The Hugless Douglas character was created by David Melling and has appeared in over 10 books, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies in the last five years. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies; while the character has also been turned into a app. The book series has also been read on the BBC’s dedicated kids channel CBeebies.
“I’ve always been conscious when creating the Hugless Douglas books that Douglas is a character full of action and movement – just like a typical toddler!”, said Melling. “It’s amazing to think that an idea I had with my son at bedtime is not only a book series, but now due to appear on screen. I’m really looking forward to working with the brilliant team at Kindle.”
Kindle is of course not stranger when it comes to adapting beloved kids books for television, with the production company (alongside DHX Media) having previously worked with Happy Days’ Henry Winkler to bring his Hank Zipzer series to CBBC. That adaptation was a huge success in its 13 episode first season – pulling in strong ratings and quickly selling overseas – and has been renewed for a second season.
“Kindle is the perfect home for Hugless Douglas”, said Hachette Children’s Group’s Executive Manager of Licensing Karen Lawler, who brokered the rights deal alongside Hatchette’s Nirmal Sandhu and Kindle’s Director of Production Val Ames. “Their work is exciting, innovative and creative. They fully understand the heart of the Hugless Douglas books, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.”