Nicholas Durbridge and Linda Pooley, founders of The Copyrights Group, re-acquired the company from Chorion, including the rights to classic properties Paddington Bear, Raymond Briggs' The Snowman and Father Christmas and The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
Polly Emery joins the company as brand director, and Rachel Clark will be the new licensing manager. The company currently can be contacted at the Chorion offices.
Last month, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that it will produce Paddington Bear, a live-action family comedy bringing the property to the screen in for the first time. David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter film franchise, will produce through his Heyday Films. Writer Hamish McColl ("Mr. Bean's Holiday") is attached to adapt.
"We're eager to collaborate once again with David, as well as with our London creative team, on this ageless classic," says Jeff Robinov, president, production, Warner Bros. Pictures.