Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film-TV production-distribution company, has acquired the intellectual property rights to Paddington Bear, the classic character created by Michael Bond with the publication of his first novel A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON in 1958.
The acquisition of Paddington and Company, which was owned by Karen Jankel, Michael Bond’s daughter, which held the Paddington rights also included the international merchandising agency The Copyrights Group, which also represents brands such as The Snowman and Fungus, and Stephen Durbridge’s original agency Harvey Unna and Stephen Durbridge 1975 Ltd. which has represented all of the media rights in Paddington for the last 40 years.
Author Michael Bond will retain publishing rights which will continue to be represented by Hilary Delamere.
The sellers were repped by ACF Investment Bank and Charles Russell Speechlys.
Read the Variety announcement here.