June 21, 2024


Imagination at work

Netflix nears deal for Roald Dahl rights

New variations of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s stories could before long be hitting the little display, with Netflix reportedly in talks to purchase out rights to the author’s functions.

The US streaming large is poised to snap up the late Mr Dahl’s whole catalog, Bloomberg claimed, with a deal feasible within just times.

Netflix presently had an agreement in area to make animated programmes dependent on Mr Dahl’s novels – including Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility and Matilda – which have offered additional than 250m copies around the world.

The claimed deal would be a complete acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Corporation, which manages the rights to Mr Dahl’s characters throughout publishing, television set, movie, theatre, items and other areas.

It would be an abnormal action for Netflix, which generally focuses on buying rights and signing large-identify creation expertise.

A deal would give Netflix – which is valued at about £254bn – obtain to a big seam of articles for its additional than 209m subscribers, as it fights tough against level of competition from the likes of Amazon Key and Disney+.