Lime Pictures has secured the rights to the best-selling children’s book trilogy by James Nicol “The Apprentice Witch”, the sequel “A Witch Alone” and the forthcoming “A Witch Come True” from leading children’s publisher Chicken House and The Viney Shaw Agency
Lime Pictures’ Joint Head of Kids Angelo Abela and Tim Compton and Barry Cunningham, Managing Director, Chicken House today announce that Lime has secured the option to adapt the bestselling kid’s trilogy The Apprentice Witch and is set to bring the magic of Lull to life in a live action drama adaptation for 8-12 year olds. Lime is one of the UK’s largest independent production companies and is the production house behind double Emmy award-winning Netflix original series Free Rein. Publishing rights to the magical trilogy set in a cosy world reminiscent of pre-war England have already sold to several countries around the World.
The Apprentice Witch trilogy follows the story of Arianwyn, who has spent her young life preparing for her witch’s evaluation, only to fail it in a very public way. As the artillery of war rumbles in the distance, Arianwyn is billeted to the remote village of Lull, to serve and protect the villagers as their district witch. But sleepy Lull is not all it seems. There is a strict curfew, a mystery surrounding the fate of their previous witch and something terrible is growing in the woods ... Arianwyn finds herself facing a test far greater than any exam.
Lime Joint Head of Kids, Angelo Abela and Tim Compton comment; ‘The Apprentice Witch has warmth and style in abundance, from its immediately lovable characters to its nostalgic setting. And Arianwyn is the perfect role model for anyone fighting to express their true gifts. She doesn't fit the mold, so she's going to have to break it – in a journey of self-discovery that's perfect for a family audience.’
Lime Joint Managing Directors Kate Little and Claire Poyser add; ‘James has created a wonderful world teeming with magic and adventure and a fabulous heroine in Arianwyn. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Barry and the team at Chicken House; their amazing eye for original and groundbreaking storytelling for younger readers feels like a fantastic fit for Lime’s extensive experience in producing the highest quality drama for kids and young adults. We are really excited about the potential of this creative partnership.’
Barry Cunningham, Publisher and Managing Director, Chicken House comments; ‘The plans for the TV series are incredibly exciting – I can’t wait to see the cast of amazing characters on screen. Perhaps James and I will be allowed to visit Lull and meet Bob, the moon hare – or even (gasp) Arianwyn and Salle themselves!’
Kate Shaw, Director of The Viney Shaw Agency on behalf of James Nicol, author and creator, adds; ‘We’re thrilled to be working with the terrific team at Lime for James’s brilliant books. They understand completely the utter charm of his characters, the gorgeously nostalgic world he’s created and its terrors.’
Lime recently announced Angelo Abela and Tim Compton as Head of Lime Kids alongside Louise Sutton as Head of Drama and YA (Young Adults) as the company builds its scripted division for further growth in both the UK and US following the multi award-winning success of Netflix original series Free Rein.
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About Chicken House:
Founded in 2000 by Barry Cunningham and Rachel Hickman, Chicken House is a small, highly individual children’s book publishing company with an enthusiasm for new fiction. Chicken House books have found huge popularity with children, parents, teachers and librarians around the world.
Over the last 19 years, Chicken House has demonstrated how a small publishing team based in Somerset can make an impact on an international scale. Chicken House has sold more than six million copies of Cornelia Funke’s books, including five New York Times children’s bestsellers, while James Dashner’s Maze Runner series has sold more than 1.5 million copies in the UK.
About Lime Pictures:
Lime Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent production company with more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences. From network programming to streaming and digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships, Lime is at the forefront of some of today's most popular entertainment. Lime’s programming includes the double Emmy award-winning drama “Free Rein” for Netflix worldwide, MTV’s highest rated series outside of North America “Geordie Shore”, the multi award-winning “Hollyoaks” for C4 in the UK (now in its 23rd year) and the BAFTA award-winning reality series “The Only Way Is Essex” for ITV. Previous credits include the Emmy award-winning “Singles Project” and “Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey” for Bravo, Disney’s “Evermoor” and Nickelodeon’s “House of Anubis”.
About The Viney Shaw Agency:
The Viney Shaw Agency is one of the UK’s most successful independent literary agencies, established (first as The Viney Agency) in 2008 by Charlie Viney. Two years later Kate Shaw, who had been an agent for six years at Aitken Alexander Associates, joined him; the agency became The Viney Shaw Agency in 2007.
Among The Viney Shaw Agency’s roster of award-winning and bestselling clients are Holly Smale, author of the multi-million copy bestselling series Geek Girl (translated into 29 languages); Ben Kane, author of ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers; David Hepworth, author of three Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers; and Alex Crawford OBE, Sky News Special Correspondent named Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year on five occasions.