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Kindle in the Press
Archive News From Kindle Entertainment
Jinx Press Release (2nd July 2009)
Dustbin Baby Press Release (30 September 2008)
Kindle Entertainment Sparks Into Life! (Press Release 18 May 2007)

Kindle in the Press

Leonardo (First TX 11/04/11)

The Guardian -'A cerebral teenage rumble...fast moving fun.'

The Daily Mail -'The action moves at a spanking pace, with adventure, mystery, romance, gags - and a punchy rock soundtrack. Great fun.'

Daily Telegraph -'Thoroughly engaging.'

Sunday Times -'A fizzing new children's drama.'

The Stage -'A gem of the BBC's children's output.'

Some Dogs Bite (First TX 10/11/10)

Metro - 'A haunting portrait of fractured lives on the fringes of society that neither romanticises nor judges its subjects...this moving story's teeth marks lingered in the flesh long after the credits rolled.' 11/11/10

The Times - 'A hard edged, stunningly photographed and brilliantly performed road movie...boasts stunning performances from Aaron Taylor, Thomas Sangster and a baby who deserves a BAFTA.' 06/11/10

Time Out - **** 'Drama that doesn't talk down to its audience or short change older viewers on the lookout for an involving story...and the climax is all the more touching for its honesty' 11/11/10

Broadcast - 'One not to be missed...this incredible piece of work from Kindle Entertainment deserves to win major awards over the next few months...absolutely breathtaking.' 12/11/10

Jinx (First episode TX 30/10/09)

Radio Times - 'Cinderella gets a makeover using the colour palette from Disney's High School Musical in this cheery fairy-godmother comedy based on Fiona Dunbar's books. Lulu Baker (Amber Beattie) finds she has the edge in the battle against her snide step-brother when she chances across an enchanted cookbook whose guardian is a mischevious sprite called Cookie (a gleeful Chizzy Akudolu). Magic and baking may not sound like a winning mix, but the result is a sweet, warm-hearted confection'.

Daily Mail Weekend - Family Choice - 'New comedy based on the popular books by Fiona Dunbar. Updating the Cinderella story for a modern audience, Lulu Baker is the show's Cinderella, who has an eccentric new stepmother, an annoying stepbrother and her very own fairy godmother called Cookie. In today's first installment, Lulu discovers she can work magic in the kitchen, literally, with the help of a very special cookbook that has been passed down through the generations. Unfortunately, her recipes don't always work out quite as she'd hoped...

Sunday Times - Pick of the Day - 'Jinx stars Amber Beattie as a schoolgirl with a magic cookbook and a sassy fairy godmother'.

Mail on Sunday - Choice - 'Following the death of her mother, Lulu struggles to adjust to living with her new stepmother and bratty brother - until she finds her mum's magic cookbook and her very own fairy godmother. This lively new series deals sensitively with big issues.'

Harry Potter: Behind the Magic (TX 11/07/09)

TV Times - 'This absolutely wizard one-hour special sends GMTV presenter and HP fan Ben Shephard behind the scenes of the much-anticipated sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As well as finding out some of the secrets behind the magic we see on screen, muggle Ben also gets the lowdown from the film's stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (aka Harry, Ron and Hermione). However, the real coup this show scores is following Ben as he prepares for his role in the blockbuster, including the first clip of his big screen debut. Jealous, us? Too right! Harry fans should prepare for a day in front of the TV. Magic! *****'

Dustbin Baby (TX 21/12/08)

The Times - 'This is tremendous. Adapted from the book by Jacqueline Wilson - a novelist who is hardwired into the brains of teenage girls - it tells the story of April (Dakota Blue Richards), who was abandoned as a baby in an alley next to a pizza parolour. Her childhood was spent being shunted from one foster home to the next, until eventually she is adopted by a prim, scatty, uptight and deeply loveable old stick (Juliet Stevenson). Her story is told is flashbacks on a day that she bunks off school and goes in search of her past, while her foster mother scours the streets, beside herself with worry. Beautifully acted, it is tough and heartfelt and filled with humanity. This is the wonderful surprise of Christmas.' David Chater 20/12/08.

The Independent - 'The best new drama by a long chalk this Christmas is Helen Blakeman's wonderful dramatisation of the Jacqueline Wilson novel. Dakota Blue Richards provides just the right mix of vulnerability and truculence as April, an orphan who bunks off school on her 14th birthday to try to find out who abandoned her in a dustbin as a newborn baby. Juliet Stevenson is her usual fine self as April's guardian.' Gerard Gilbert 20/12/08.

The Telegraph - 'Lovely, heart-rending family drama adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's novel about teenager April who, on her 14th birthday, walks out on kindly foster carer Marion to find out how she came to be left in a bin as a baby. Looking back at a life lived in and out of foster homes, always moving, dealing with bullies and clueless adults, the drama has a real sense of how unstable and emotionally starved life can be in care'. Gerard O'Donovan 21/12/08.

The Telegraph - 'Dustbin Baby was that rare thing: a thoughtful and grown-up family drama'. James Walton

Radio Times - 'This will have viewers of all ages gripped'. Jane Rackham

Big and Small

'Centring on the antics of a large, careful, lavender bear and his tiny, impetuous, orange housemate (both voiced by Lenny Henry), this new preschool series is a delight. An endearing fusion of adventure and exceptionally well-written songs, it serves its two-pronged message - diversity should be celebrated and friendship cherished - with a leavening dollop of silliness'. The Sunday Times, 05/10/08

'The world is full of contrasts, as best mates Big and Small discover in this jolly new series that is showing daily. It's full of great life lessons, such as why flowers need water - and Lenny Henry proves surprisingly adept at bringing the main characters to life.' The Mail on Sunday 05/10/08

Archive News From Kindle

Monday 5th October 2009 - Dustbin Baby Nominated for International Emmy
Kindle Entertainment are honoured to have been nominated for an International Emmy for their family drama Dustbin Baby, starring Juliet Stevenson, Dakota Blue Richards and David Haig. Directed by Juliet May and adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's novel by Helen Blakeman, Dustbin Baby has been nominated in the Children and Young People's category, alongside Lharn Poo Koo E-Joo from Thailand, The Little Emperor's Christmas from Brazil and Millie from Denmark. The award ceremony takes place in November, but for now congratulations to everyone who worked on the project.

Wednesday 30th September 2009 - Lenny Lends a Big Hand at Brand Licensing Lenny Henry brought his own brand of comedy stardom to Brand Licensing, Europe's exhibition of the biggest consumer brands. As the voice of both Big and Small, Lenny made a special appearance at the Big and Small presentation, kicking off proceedings in his own inimitable style. He said that working on Big and Small was one of the best experiences he’d ever had, putting his support behind a show that he said was so funny it made 'milk come out of your nose'.

Friday 11th September 2009 - Jinx nears completion Jinx, our sitcom for CBBC, is nearing the end of its production in Manchester, and we've been given these exclusive shots as a sneak preview. Amber Beattie stars as Lulu Baker, a girl who owns a magic cookbook, aided by a fairy with attitude, played by Chizzy Akudolu. The excitement is now building for the premiere of the show, which airs in the Autumn.

Monday 24th August 2009 - Big and Small Website a Big Success - The clever people behind the innovative Big and Small website, Plug-In Media, feature in an in-depth article in .Net magazine this month, which calls it 'one of the best 3D Papervision projects we've seen'. The site has also been nominated for the prestigious 'Interactive Site of the Year' award, which you can vote for here. If you haven't yet seen the website, give Big and Small a visit by clicking here.

Monday 17th August 2009 - Scarlettes stir it up for Kindle - We are delighted to announce that
Scarlettes recently finished recording the theme tune for our CBBC sitcom, Jinx. The song, entitled 'Stir It Up', was written by Darren Martyn and Jasmine Baird (who between them have worked with Kylie, Kele le Roc and Shola Ama), is set to be one of the funkiest, most catchy themes in children's television. The girls were thrilled to be a part of the show and said they couldn't wait to see it. Just like the rest of us!

Monday 13th July 2009 - Harry Potter weaves his magic! Kindle's documentary Harry Potter: Behind the Magic made a wizard performance on Saturday night, gaining an outstanding 3.6 million viewers and a 20% share. Congratulations to all the muggles involved in the project!

Monday 6th July 2009 - Harry Potter: Behind the Magic airs this Saturday! - Grab your wand, jump on your broomstick and go behind the magic this weekend, as Kindle's documentary looking at the making of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince airs this Saturday 11th July at 7pm. Showing on ITV1, the programme takes an in-depth look at how the movie was made and features fascinating interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. Presented by Ben Shephard, this is one not to be missed for all you potty Potter fans!

Thursday 2nd July 2009 - Jinx commissioned by CBBC - We are delighted to announce that our comedy drama Jinx has been commissioned by CBBC, and will air in the Autumn. Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, announced the commission, and the production taking place in Manchester, at Showcommotion on Wednesday 1st July 2009.

Jinx centres around the adventures and misadventures of Lulu Baker, a ordinary girl with an extraordinary secret. She is the owner of a magic cookbook and she can use the recipes to do whatever she wants - turn a rat into her partner for the local dance competition, bake several gingerbread versions of her friend to help him with his busy schedule, or go back in time five minutes to stop herself making a gigantic fool of herself at her party. Life would be perfect for Lulu, if it wasn't for Cookie, her 'fairy godmother' and keeper of the book. She's always popping up unannounced, and the recipes she suggests don't always go to plan. And with this much magic flying around, things are bound to go wrong - it's a recipe for trouble.

Wednesday 22nd April 2009 - Big and Small DVD and time changes - Hello there! Big news from the world of Big and Small, as our furry friends get their first outing on DVD! You can buy 'We're Big and Small', featuring eight of your favourite episodes, at all good high-street shops and from Amazon here. Other major news is the changes in transmission time - you can now catch Big and Small on BBC2 at 08.30am, BBC1 at 3.05pm and a daily music video on CBeebies at 3.40pm.

Friday 20th March 2009 - Big and Small do Comic Relief! What a week it's been for Big and Small! What with the unveiling of their new website and their music videos showing on CBeebies, they still made time for a special appearance on Red Nose Day. They appeared several times during the day on CBeebies, with a specially recorded sketch for Comic Relief. If you missed it, you can still catch it here. Big and Small did something funny for money - so it's not too late to donate!

Monday 16th March 2009 - Big and Small website gets BIGGER! Big and Small's very own website gets even bigger today, as the upstairs section of the house goes live. Wake Big up, brush Small's teeth and find out what the frogs get up to when you're not looking. Head to www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/bigandsmall for even more fun and games!

Monday 2nd March 2009 - Big and Small music videos! - Big and Small's brilliant music videos have arrived! They love to sing and dance, and their catchy, witty and often moving songs have been given their own special slot on CBeebies from this month. Each song has its own incredibly catchy melody and lyrics, and the songs have been written in a wide range of musical styles - from soul to samba, from Gershwin to gospel, from Dylan to The Doors! Catch the music videos on CBeebies every afternoon at 17.45.

Monday 23rd February 2009 - Big and Small Arrive in Canada - Big and Small hit Canadian shores today, showing on Treehouse on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:45 a.m. Other times include: Fridays at 6:25 p.m., Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m.

Wednesday 11th February 2009 - Big and Small Licensing Website Goes Live - We are proud to unveil our brand new website for Big and Small licensing. If you're a licensee and would like to know more, please click here.

Sunday 22nd December 2008 - Dustbin Baby Broadcast - Our family feature film Dustbin Baby received its network premiere yesterday on BBC1. Starring Juliet Stevenson and Dakota Blue Richards, Dustbin Baby performed exceptionally well, getting 2.3 million viewers and a 15.4% share. You can see what the critics thought in our 'Press Information' section.

Sunday 7th December 2008 - Dustbin Baby Premiere - Dustbin Baby received its premiere screening this morning. In the wonderful surroundings of the Curzon Mayfair, over 300 cast, crew and press enjoyed the first screening of this moving and heart-warming film. Helen Blakeman's life-affirming screenplay, adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's novel, made the audience laugh and cry with equal measure. It's a treat for the whole family this Christmas when it airs on BBC1, Sunday 21st December 2008 at 3.25pm.

Wednesday 26th November 2008 - Dustbin Baby Trailer Online - You can now catch a sneak peek of Dustbin Baby on the Guardian website, weeks before it's transmission - click this link to whet your appetite! Dustbin Baby Trailer

Wednesday 19th November 2008 - Big and Small - The website goes live today! Log onto www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/bigandsmall to explore the house from the perspectives of both characters, view songs from the show, mix your own versions of the theme tune by choosing different and unique combinations of instruments, and create a colourful masterpiece with Big and Small’s help in the brilliant hand-painting game.

Monday 17th November 2008 - Big and Small - The boys hit iTunes in a BIG way! You can now download your favourite Big and Small songs from iTunes. Carry them wherever you go and brighten your day the Big and Small way!

Thursday 30th October 2008 - My Spy Family - Wrapped filming today on its fourth series. Many congratulations to all the cast and crew on a superb effort, and we look forward to seeing the new series on Boomerang.

Wednesday 8th October 2008 - Dustbin Baby - Completed principal photography last night. The cast and crew braved a bitterly cold evening in High Barnet to shoot the final scene and celebrate the conclusion of a wonderful production. Congratulations to cast and crew - the film now moves into the post-production phase.

Monday 6th October 2008 - Big and Small - Premieres on CBeebies this morning, catch it today and everyday at 8.10am!

Sept '07 My Spy Family is now showing on Boomerang (Sky 603 and Virgin TV 730) every day at 4.30pm.

Sept '07 Behind the Magic was Kindle’s first TX; broadcast on Saturday evening, 7 July 2007 on ITV1. It was watched by 3.4 million viewers and peaked at 3.7, winning its slot.

Jinx Press Release - 2nd July '09


London, 2 July 2009 - Leading London based distributor Digital Rights Group (DRG), today announce they have secured worldwide distribution rights to a major kids series due to air this Autumn on CBBC.
Jinx, is a 13 x 30’ magical sitcom for 6 to 12 year olds produced by Kindle Entertainment (Dustbin Baby, Big & Small, My Spy Family). Jinx is based on the already successful book trilogy Lulu Baker by Fiona Dunbar. The comedy-drama series charts the adventures of a truly modern-day Cinderella, Lulu Baker. Lulu may be your typical teen but she has a very cool secret – she’s the proud owner of a magic cookbook. She can bake her own gingerbread boyfriend for that school dance, she can rustle up an extra terrestrial to win the class debate on the existence of aliens and she can give her annoying stepbrother donkey ears by feeding him a magic cookie.

The possibilities are endless and life would be perfect except that the guardian of the book, Cookie, is a mischievous imp and her recipes never quite turn out as Lulu planned. So, the gingerbread boyfriend insists on nibbling his own hand, her cousin is now an alien hunted down by Special Agents and her teacher ends up with the donkey ears. But, hey, with big power comes big responsibility, right? And Lulu always tries really hard to fix the unforeseen side-effects…

The series is currently in pre-production and begins shooting this July. Lulu Baker has already been published in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Hungary, Eastern Europe, Japan and France.

Anke Stoll, Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions at Little Portman (part of the Digital Rights Group) said, “We’re thrilled to be distributing such an exciting children’s show to the world. With the Lulu Baker books already a big success in major territories we know that many tweens are waiting to see Lulu Baker and her magic cookbook brought to life on their screens. We look forward to delivering this spellbinding series to them later this year.”
Melanie Stokes, Co-Director and Executive Producer at Kindle Entertainment said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Little Portman on this magical new comedy and believe it has all the essential ingredients to be a truly entertaining, aspirational show for tweens everywhere.”
Anne Gilchrist, Controller of CBBC said, "Based on the Lulu Baker books, mysterious recipes, unusual ingredients and magical cookery come together in Jinx to provide a perfect mix of comedy and entertainment which will delight CBBC's audience of six to twelve years olds."

Dustbin Baby Press Release - 30th Sept '08


Based on the novel by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, ‘Dustbin Baby’ is a family drama commissioned by CBBC and BBC One, produced by Kindle Entertainment for late 2008.

Kindle Entertainment, the BAFTA award winning independent production company, today announce Dustbin Baby a ninety-minute feature film, based on the novel by best-selling author, Jacqueline Wilson. The family drama will premiere on BBC One late 2008 and features a stellar cast including Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend it Like Beckham, Pierrepoint), Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass) and David Haig (The Thin Blue Line, Four Weddings and a Funeral). The film follows the story of young teen April (Richards) whose troubled life began in a dustbin – a new born baby, abandoned and alone, not celebrated, not wanted but discarded and left like so much rubbish in an industrial bin behind a pizza parlour.

On the morning of her fourteenth birthday April has a devastating row with her foster mother, Marion (Juliet Stevenson) and leaves the house determined to find out where she really comes from, who she really is and maybe, just maybe, find her real mother. Telling no-one what she’s up to or where she’s going, April skips school and begins the search she’s dreamt about all her life. It’s a blur of social workers, children’s homes and special schools as April revisits and recalls the key scenes of her fragmented past. It’s a painful journey, sometimes frightening but there’s also friendship and love and laughter. And now she’s started, there’s no going back – April must find her mother.

And all the while single, former teacher Marion – if only parenting came as easily as history lessons – paces the streets looking for April, with the help of her old college friend, Elliot (David Haig). As she frets and searches, doubts bubble up inside her: can she ever be good enough to be a mother? Can she ever allow herself to truly open her heart to this young girl – the girl she chose to take in and care for? As she tries to put the pieces of April’s story together and track her down, Marion may bristle with self-doubt but she won’t give up – Marion must find April.

With a screenplay by Helen Blakeman (Pleasureland), the producers behind Dustbin Baby are the BAFTA and International EMMY award winning team at Kindle Entertainment, Executive Producers Anne Brogan and Melanie Stokes, and Producer Julia Ouston, along with BAFTA winning Director Juliet May. The British film is being shot on location in and around London including Hatfield House and Elstree Studios. ITV Global Entertainment Ltd are distributing Dustbin Baby internationally. Anne Brogan, Co-founder of Kindle Entertainment and Executive Producer, says, “We are delighted to have such an outstanding cast and production team to bring Jacqueline Wilson’s heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story to a family audience. It is a film that parents and children will enjoy watching together whilst its emotive themes of identity and parenthood will also give them much to talk about afterwards. We are confident the film will be a big hit on BBC One".

Sue Nott, CBBC Executive Producer, comments, “Jacqueline Wilson’s novels delight children everywhere and we are delighted to bring Dustin Baby to BBC One as a real treat for the whole family to enjoy together” Dame Jacqueline Wilson, best-selling author who has sold 25 million books in the UK alone, adds, “I am thrilled at the prospect of Dustbin Baby being brought to life by such a talented cast and production team. I am looking forward to seeing the end result immensely.”

Kindle Entertainment Sparks Into Life! (18 May 2007)

Kindle Entertainment is the new independent production company to have emerged from the closure of ITV Productions, Kids. It has been set up by Anne Brogan (former Controller ITV Kids) and Melanie Stokes (former Head of Development). Kindle is based at Hackney City Farm in Shoreditch. Anne says, ‘It is an amazingly creative environment in which to work. You are right in the heart of the city but have hens pecking around the farmyard and little children squealing with delight!’

Anne and Melanie both have award winning track records in the kids' production business and have been responsible for many outstanding shows that have been creative and commercial successes both in the UK and internationally. Their awards include pre-school: Pocoyo (BAFTA); children's comedy: My Parents are Aliens (3 RTSs and a BANFF Rockie), Bill’s New Frock (RTS); tween comedy drama: Girls in Love (RTS); and family drama, The Illustrated Mum (International Emmy and 2 BAFTAs).

Kindle aims to build on these successes. It has a broad development slate spanning pre-school, comedy drama, factual entertainment, family and adult drama. 'We both believe that great storytelling is at the heart of creating great content, whether it is for preschoolers or for adults,' Anne says, 'and although the climate is extremely tough, especially in the kids' business at present, we are very excited to be setting up a new company and hope to be able to continue working with many of our extremely talented colleagues at ITV as well as forging new relationships with other broadcasters.’

Melanie says ‘I'm enormously pleased to be working with Anne in this exciting new venture. We share a real passion for developing original ideas with new and established writers and we're delighted to be working with some of the most talented writers here in the UK and in the US’

Kindle already has several commissions and development projects in the pipeline.

Kindle's first production is My Spy Family, a 26 part live-action comedy series for Turner Kids. Created by Paul Alexander, one of the writers on the hugely, successful sit-com My Parents are Aliens as well as family sit-coms My Family and My Hero. The spy series centres around the Bannon family who, after a lifetime roaming international trouble-spots by jet, helicopter and missile-equipped sports cars, now find themselves squashed together in a house somewhere in the Midlands. None of their training or gadgetry has prepared them for ordinary everyday life. If James Bond married Catwoman, had three kids and bought a semi...this is what life would be like!

Melanie says 'We really believe that the show will resonate with kids because they love spying. From the simplest games of hide & seek to forming secret clubs with passwords and wearing disguises, spying really fires their imaginations. It's also gloriously silly and a great chance to send up all those wonderful spy movies."

Cecilia Persson, VP of Programming for Turner Kids says: ‘This is pure slapstick comedy. We are delighted to be working with Kindle to produce a show which we are sure that kids will love.’

Kindle are also shooting two family documentaries for ITV 1, presented by Ben Shephard, to coincide with the release of Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix this summer. The documentaries continue the Behind The Magic series, created by ITV Kids with Warner Bros, to accompany the Harry Potter films. One of this year’s documentaries includes a behind-the scenes peep at the new film, and the other uncovers the secrets of the Harry Potter costumes. The production team had unprecedented access on the Harry Potter set and the programmes will include interviews with the cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham-Carter and Imelda Staunton.

Kindle is very excited to confirm the commission of Big & Small, a new preschool puppet show (52 x 11) for CBeebies (the BBC’s brand for under 6’s). Head writer Kathy Waugh (Peep & the Big Wideworld) leads a talented team of top UK & US preschool writers. The show stars two absolute ‘4-ever’ best friends who are as different from each other as it is possible for two friends to be. Where Big is careful and considerate and thoughtful and fair, Small is fast and loud and exuberant and dramatic. They get along beautifully. Usually. Michael Carrington, Creative Director CBeebies said, “We’re thrilled to be working with start-up company Kindle; with the experience and talent of Anne and Melanie, we’re confident that together we can shape our next animation commission.” Kindle is delighted to announce that they have agreed a development deal with BBC Drama Scotland for TWILIGHT, a new 6 part drama series, written by Ben Court & Caroline Ip (Marian Again, Primeaval, The Hole).

Kindle are due to begin shooting a family movie Journey Through Midnight in partnership with the Children’s Film and Television Foundation and Impact Films, in India in the autumn. The original story was written by Jamila Gavin (The Wheel of Surya) and has been adapted by John Hay and David Logan. It is set in the Punjab, in 1947, where Harold Chadwick runs a missionary school. His daughter Edith, and Marvinder, the daughter of Harold’s ex pupil Govind Singh, have grown up together and become firm friends but the world they know is about to end for ever. Both families are torn apart by the events of Partition. ‘It is a story with great emotional depth and huge resonance for the world we live in today, divided more than ever by religious conflict.’ says Anne. John Hay will direct, Timothy Spall is attached to play Harold and Jimi Mistry, Govind.

It is going to be an exciting year. Kindle are looking forward to the challenges ahead!

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