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Idris Elba has signed a global multi-book deal with HarperCollins to publish a range of children’s books.
The actor’s book deal includes both picture books and fiction that he has developed with his writing partner Robyn Charteris. Charteris’s credits include a BAFTA-winning children’s drama series for CBBC and creating and writing one of the first original 52-episode pre-school series for the launch of digital channel CBeebies. Charteris also served as a creative consultancy for Mattel Toys and Lego, and has a master’s degree in Playwriting.
The upcoming children’s books are set to launch in 2022.
“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris, and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins,” Elba said.
In the major UK/US co-publication deal, world rights were acquired by Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher, HCCB UK, and Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher, HCCB US, from Crystal Mahey-Morgan at OWN IT! Entertainment Ltd.
“Idris Elba is one of the most iconic and multi-talented creatives of his generation and I am delighted that he is joining the HarperCollins Children’s Books list,” said Murtagh of the deal. “From the outset, Idris had a very clear vision of the characters and stories he has imagined, and is passionate about creating books that will appeal to all children.”
Of Robyn Charteris, Murtagh praises the writer for having “a fantastic track record in writing for children,” and for “working with some of the biggest producers of children’s entertainment.” Murtagh added, “I am hugely excited to also welcome her to the world of children’s books. I feel privileged that Idris has entrusted us to bring his stories to life and I cannot wait to share them with children across the globe.”
“Idris Elba is a creative force, who has many wonderful stories to tell. We are honored to be working with him and with Robyn Charteris to bring Idris’s rich and imaginative storytelling to the world of children’s books, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the HarperCollins family,” Murphy said.
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