Driver Dan heading to publishing

Macmillan signs five-year deal for Cbeebies show with Twofour54.
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The Abu Dhabi government initiative, Twofour54 has signed a global five-year publishing deal with Macmillan Children's Books for its new pre-school brand, Driver Dan's Story Train.

The show is a Twofour54 and 3Line Media strategic partnership investment, and it has been airing on Cbeebies since January. Its aim is to introduce pre-schoolers to books and story telling, while also focusing on social development. Each episode includes a specially commissioned picture book.

Macmillan will now develop a publishing programme, with particular emphasis on the Middle East, UK and US.

It will be looking to produce character-based board books and paperback story books, eventually adding new formats such as wipe clean, board, cloth and bath books, plus interactive e-books.

"Driver Dan takes a unique approach in promoting literacy through TV to pre-school children," said Emma Hopkin, MD, Macmillan Children's Books. "It is exactly the quality investment in the licensed arena that we have been looking to acquire."

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