Roy Lowe to partner with Dear Zoo

Roy Lowe & Sons is to partner with Dear Zoo to create a range of children’s socks based upon the popular picture book.  Initially, the socks will accompany the Dear Zoo baby and toddler apparel ranges being developed by Metrostar and TV Mania for Tu Clothing in Sainsbury’s.

BBC Books to publish tie-in to The Great British Bake Off

BBC Books is to publish ‘How to Bake a Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets’ in August 2011.  The tie-in to the second series of The Great British Bake Off, the book will feature recipes from the shows and tips from judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.  It has been written by cookery author, Linda Collister.

Avanquest to publish MI High video games

Games software publisher, Avanquest, is to create games for PC and DS based upon the CBBC children’s spy drama, MI High.  The popular show has been commissioned for a sixth series and producers Kudos are working with the Birmingham Stage Company to launch a national theatre show in 2011.

Macmillan Children’s Books partners with The Scout Association

Macmillan Children’s Books has won a 3-way pitch for the rights to publish a range of books for The Scout Association aimed at children aged 6 to 10.  The three-year deal was brokered by Metrostar.  The first books will be launched in 2011 and include an annual and other non-fiction titles.

Cardmix launches first Viz Top Tips card collection at Spring Fair

Cardmix has launched a range of 15 greetings cards based upon the legendary Viz Top Tips.  The range, which is stocked by WH Smith, was presented to retailers at Spring Fair at the NEC.

Viz adds Kimm & Miller and I-recall to licensee list

Giftware company, Kimm & Miller and online greetings firm, I-recall are the latest additions to the growing list of Viz licensees.  Kimm & Miller are developing a range of character-based novelty gifts, whilst I-recall are planning to feature Viz annual covers on their new website

Transworld to publish Rufus Hound ‘put downs’ title

Transworld has won a competitive pitch for the rights to publish ‘Stand Up Put Downs’ by Rufus Hound.  The title, which was conceived by Metrostar’s Stuart Cooper, is a collection of put downs from famous stand up comedians.  It is edited and introduced by Rufus Hound and will be published in late 2011.

Orion wins rights to publish new Dad’s Army title

Orion Books has won the rights to publish ‘The Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard Training Manual’ from Metrostar acting for Dad’s Army creators, David Croft and Jimmy Perry.  The title, which will be written by Guy Adams in conjunction with Croft and Perry, will be published in late 2011.

Egmont and Titan to create novels, annuals and magazines for MI High

Metrostar has confirmed that publishers Egmont and Titan are to publish books and magazines inspired by the BBC kids’ drama, MI High. Egmont will publish an annual and novels in 2011 whilst Titan will publish two magazine specials, with a view to creating an on-going title.