Book Series “Dog Loves Books” Optioned by Random House’s UK Production House for TV Series

LONDON, 26 March, 2012 - Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment (‘RHCSE’), a full-service UK production house created by Random House Children’s Books and Komixx Entertainment, has optioned Dog Loves Books by acclaimed author, Louise Yates.

The option for Dog Loves Book securedby Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment is the latest project to be based on books and characters from the Random House Children’s Book (RHCB) portfolio.

Dog Loves Books is written by award-winning author and illustrator, Louise Yates. Published in 2010, it won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. The story has global appeal with co-editions sold in 6 territories to date. In the US Dog Loves Books debuted as a New York Times bestseller and won the Parents’ Choice Award. The sequel Dog Loves Drawing was released in the UK in February 2012, and selected by The Sunday Times as children’s book of the week. A further book, Dog Loves Counting, will be published next year.

Andrew Cole-Bulgin, Partner and Head of Film & TV, RHCSE comments: “Dog Loves Books is a story about a dog that owns a bookshop and embarks on an imaginative adventure through his love of storybooks. It’s a wonderful platform that will take children into the exciting world of their own imagination. The quality and variety of short-listed books from Random House provides us with a unique advantage at a time when many broadcasters are focused on finding global properties. We can deliver not only these brands but also material with an established commercial audience. We’re also able to develop worldwide partnerships and co-productions that ensure not only commercial success but products with broad market appeal that will stand the test of time.”

Louise Yates, author, comments: “Part of the great appeal of working with RHCSE is the intelligent, sensitive and playful way that they bring a work to a new level of artistic expression and an even wider audience. I am delighted to be working with a company that fully appreciates the spirit in which Dog Loves Books was created and who share my hope that this series will allow young (and old) minds to indulge an infectious enthusiasm for life and a passion for discovery through reading.”

Philippa Dickinson, Managing Director, RHCB comments: “I am delighted that RHCSE continues to develop material from the extensive Random House portfolio. The opportunities for taking these stories to a wider audience are very exciting for both our authors and artists.”