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Lion Forge taps into new IP stream via deal with Penguin Young Readers

Children’s adventure series The Pathfinders Society

US-based kids’ content studio Lion Forge Entertainment has entered a partnership with Penguin Young Readers to develop TV and film projects based on books released by the children’s publisher.

Under the agreement, Lion Forge will develop and adapt a multi-project slate of titles across animation and live-action.

Book titles being put into development include Wannabe Farms (by Brian McCann), North Pole Ninjas (Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden), Monster Juice (MD Payne) and The Pathfinders Society (Francesco Sedita and Prescott Seraydarian). Each of the titles is aimed at kids aged eight to 12, except North Pole Ninjas which is targeted towards kids aged three to seven.

Each of the adaptations will be overseen Lion Forge Entertainment president and chief content officer Stephanie Sperber, who brokered the deal.

Projects that receive a greenlight will be produced by Lion Forge founder and CEO David Steward II, alongside Sperber, Penguin Young Readers’ Francesco Sedita and media consultant Rich Korson.

Penguin Young Readers, a US-focused division of publishing giant Penguin Random House, spans fiction and non-fiction books from authors and illustrators, in addition to licensed properties, across 12 imprints.

Lion Forge is behind projects including Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love and upcoming animated series Iyanu for Cartoon Network and Max.

The company recently closed a first-look deal with Nickelodeon Animation, giving Nickelodeon a first look at Lion Forge’s kids and family IP. It also has a strategic content partnership with advertising and marketing giant Dentsu.

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