US: Penguin hooks up with Derek

Live action kids' comedy series to be turned into chapter novels.
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Shaftesbury Films' live action kids' comedy show Life with Derek has been licensed to Grosset & Dunlap, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, for chapter novels.

In a deal brokered by JTMG, the first novel will hit North American shelves this summer.

Translated into more than 12 languages, Life with Derek airs in over 100 countries worldwide including the US (Disney Channel), France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Latin America, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

"Penguin has a distinguished reputation for producing books with strong characters and the kind of engaging stories that make us confident they are an ideal book partner for Life with Derek," said Shane Kinnear, VP of marketing and sales for Shaftesbury Films.

Debra Dorfman, president and publisher of Grosset & Dunlap and Price Stern Sloan, added: "We are very excited about our partnership with Shaftesbury. Life with Derek is a perfect television show to transition into books for middle grade readers."

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