10:34am PT by Rebecca Ford
Temple Hill Inks Publishing Partnership with HarperCollins
Temple Hill Entertainment, the production company founded by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, has inked a partnership with HarperCollins Publishers which will allow Temple Hill Publishing to generate original ideas and opportunities for books and series that HarperCollins will publish within their imprints.
All projects made through the partnership will be developed as feature films, television series or digital media through Temple Hill Entertainment. Temple Hill will be looking for a variety of stories, ranging from middlegrade to YA and adult, to turn into books — and then films and TV series.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Petersen Harris and the Temple Hill team given their tremendously successful track record of adapting bestselling stories to the screen," says Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books. "Bringing together their amazing stories with young readers makes this collaboration a perfect fit."
With the new deal, Temple Hill has hired Petersen Harris as vp publishing to work on adult and children’s fiction with HarperCollins Children’s Books, Harper Teen, William Morrow and Avon. Harris previously worked at Penguin Random House, where he ran the Penguin Development Group, the intellectual property unit that spawned author Marina Gessner’s young adult romance The Distance from Me to You, recently acquired by Universal Pictures, and author G.B. Joyce’s adult crime series, The Code, currently in production with eOne television.
Temple Hill is known for its highly successful book-to-film adaptations, including the $3 billion Twilight franchise, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Nicholas Sparks’s Dear John and The Longest Ride.
"Through the years, Marty and I have thought of ideas for movies where we stopped and said, 'wow, I wish this was a book series.' The more this happened, the more we realized that we should figure out a way to turn those ideas into books," says Godfrey. "We've had a long history working with Writers House on our adaptations, and they really helped hone our dream of creating a publishing appendage into a reality. HarperCollins is the perfect partner for us and we look forward to creating new original stories across their various imprints."
Writers House represents Temple Hill Publishing and negotiated the program with HarperCollins on its behalf.