Multi-platform deal calls for film and TV series based on newest title in Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood’s best-selling book series.
BURBANK -- Nickelodeon has struck a multi-platform deal with James Corden and Ben Winston, and their production company, Fulwell 73, to produce an animated movie and TV series, based on the recently released children’s book title, “Real Pigeons Fight Crime.” The movie and TV series are being developed to air on all Nickelodeon platforms.
According to Winston, “We are so delighted to be working with our great friends at Nickelodeon on this wonderful, charming and funny book, and can’t wait to help bring it to life for kids everywhere!”
Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation Production and Development, added, “’Real Pigeons Fight Crime’ is about a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons, with high stakes and true hilarity making it a perfect fit for our audience. By fusing the humor and expertise of this the incredible team at Fulwell 73 Productions, we are ready to show kids what pigeons really do--fight crime, solve mysteries, take down bad guys, and keep neighborhoods safe!”
Written by Andrew McDonald and illustrated by Ben Wood, “Real Pigeons Fight Crime” was published in Australia by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing and is now available in over 10 territories including North America, where it was recently released by Random House Children’s Books. Hilarious, engaging and completely ridiculous, the “Real Pigeons” series has sold hundreds of thousands of books and has amassed legions of fans around the globe. “Real Pigeons Fight Crime” reveals the secret life of crime-busting pigeons who set out to keep a town safe. The deal underscores key elements of Nickelodeon’s content strategy, to build and expand the worlds of popular franchises and give audiences more of what they love.
The forthcoming Real Pigeons Fight Crime animated project is the latest addition to Nickelodeon’s programming, joining the recently greenlit Big Nate series as well as hit franchises like Star Trek, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Henry Danger, among others. Nickelodeon’s new content slate is informed by the network’s ongoing research and insights into today's generation of kids, who are the most diverse generation ever and expect to see themselves authentically represented in media and in the world around them; who want to make a positive difference in the world as they grow up; who consider social media stars as their top role models, alongside their parents; and who increasingly meet their much-desired need for family time by co-viewing entertainment content together.
The Real Pigeons Fight Crime TV series is executive produced by Corden and Winston, with McDonald and Wood serving as consultants throughout development and production.
McDonald is a children’s author who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of the “Real Pigeons” series and loves writing stories that make kids laugh, gasp, think and wonder. His books have been shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and the Australian Book Industry Awards.
Wood is the illustrator of the “Real Pigeons” series and has always been drawn to stories with humor and heart. He has illustrated over 30 books for children, with several titles recognized on the Children Book Council of Australia (CBCA)’s “Notables” lists and was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2019 and 2020.
McDonald, Wood, and Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing are represented by UTA and Writers House.