Simon & Schuster acquires Scouts outdoor cookery title

Simon & Schuster has acquired World rights to ‘How to cook an egg in an orange’ from Claire Potter and Stuart Cooper at Metrostar.  The ultimate cookbook for today’s outdoor cooks it is being written by Chef and Scout Leader, Nick Allen.

Metrostar to manage brand licensing for The Great British Bake Off

Love Productions has appointed Metrostar to manage its brand licensing programme for the BBC Two cookery series, The Great British Bake Off.  Metrostar will be showcasing the property at Brand Licensing in October 2011 with a view to growing its list of commercial partners.

Oxford University Press appoints Metrostar

Oxford University Press (OUP) has appointed Metrostar to manage the new brand licensing campaign for their best-selling children’s picture book series, Winnie the Witch.  Metrostar is working with OUP on a new style guide for Winnie, and her cat Wilbur, targeting apparel, stationery, gifting and accessories for boys and girls aged 3-7.

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.