latest news
Fleming Literary acquires John Creasey

Ian Fleming Publications' decision to reanimate the late author's most famous creation, James Bond, in a novel by Sebastian Faulks to mark Fleming's centenary next year is the latest in a resurrection trade that has made literary estates some of the most powerful in the media.

As well as the 14 original Bond books and posthumous adult novels by other authors (including Kingsley Amis), IFP has reaped rewards with the launch in 2004 of the Young Bond series. These books, by Charlie Higson, have topped children's bestseller lists across the world and tapped into a new generation of 007 fans.

"We were looking at a younger market because that is very interesting," says Corinne Turner, IFP managing director. "We are not making Young Bond into films yet because we wanted to establish them as a literary series first."

It is the ability to control their brand names that makes estates so powerful. In the Faulks deal the estate will retain full copyright. Though the terms are being kept secret, the Birdsong author is expected to share royalties and be paid an advance. Devil May Care will be published by Penguin, part of Pearson, owner of the Financial Times.

Literary reincarnations sanctioned by estates have made some authors more prolific in death than in life. Despite her death in 1986, "Virginia Andrews" has continued to pump out gothic romances, thanks chiefly to the ghostwriting services of Andrew Neiderman.

Robert Ludlum preserved his literary legacy by preparing outlines for thrillers to be written post mortem. Eight Covert One titles and five other novels have appeared since his death in 2001. ...[read the full article]

As written in The Finacial Times, 17/08/2007

news archive
Master licence to audio, radio and associated rights
Owatonna Media International announces that following a transaction with Coolabi Plc during march 2009, it has acquired an exclusive master licence for all radio and audio rights in all 700+ titles written by authors Eric Ambler, Michael Innes and John Creasey.
Sale of rights to Coolabi Plc
Owatonna Media has today completed a transaction with Coolabi Plc, whereby Coolabi will acquire for cash consideration and deferred entitlements full ownership of three Owatonna Media subsidiary companies...
Find out moreFind out more
Penguin thrilled with Ambler
Penguin has acquired five "remarkable and prescient" thrillers by Eric Ambler, who died in 1998. Simon Winder, publishing director...
Find out moreFind out more
The Bookseller article
Who is Penguin's biggest-selling living fiction author: Marian Keyes, Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby, or Eoin Colfer? None of the above...
Find out moreFind out more
The Bookseller article
The family of John Creasey, the author of over 600 books and perhaps best known for his series The Toff, about a debonair crime fighter and his butler...
Find out moreFind out more
Telegraph article
The family of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, is entering the literary rights market by joining forces with the teenage detective stars of ...
Find out moreFind out more

For email enquiries, please contact us

twitter Follow us on Twitter