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Netflix buys Roald Dahl estate in its biggest takeover to date

22 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Roald Dahl. Picture by Jürgen Wieshoff.

Netflix has bought the Roald Dahl estate, it has been reported.

The streaming giant has made what is its biggest acquisition to date with the business that owns and manages the late children’s authors back catalogue.

Dahl, who was born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents, wrote several bestsellers including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG.

He died in 1990, and his work, which have been translated into 63 languages, have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

Netflix already had deal with the late author’s estate to make an animated series based on his stories for children. In 2018 the company was said to have paid a nine-figure sum for the rights to 16 of his works and has now secured a deal to buy the whole business.

In an announcement shared by Guardian media editor Jim Waterson, a spokesperson for Netflix said: “We’re excited to announce that the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC) and Netflix are joining forces to bring some of the world’s most loved stories to current and future fans in creative new ways.

“This acquisition builds on the partnership we started three years ago to create a slate of animated TV series. For example, Academy Award winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and Academy Award nominee Phil Johnston are now hard at work on a series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In addition, we’re working with Sony and Working Title on an adaptation of Matilda The Musical.

‘Unique universe’ 

The spokesperson added: “These projects opened our eyes to a much more ambitious venture – the creation of a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more.

“Roald Dahl’s books have been translated into 63 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, with characters like Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Willy Wonka and The Twits delighting generations of children and adults. These stories and their messages of the power and possibility of young people have never felt more pertinent.

“As we bring these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we’re committed to maintaining their unique spirit and their universal themes of surprise and kindness, while also sprinkling some fresh magic into the mix.”

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Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
1 month ago

George Orwell was born in India. That does not make matters pertaining to his literary estate Indian news.

Why do we try so hard to present Dahl as Welsh or Cardiffian in any meaningful sense? There is nothing in his writing or life that suggests Wales or its culture had the slightest significance for or influence on Dahl or his work.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cai Wogan Jones
arthur owen
1 month ago

Because we are desperate for recognition in the big world,and this site is as bad as anyone.

Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
1 month ago

Wow, some incredibly rich descendents here. I hope the purchase price will be taxed as inheritance tax?

Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
1 month ago

The inheritance tax would have been when he died. This profit would be subject to capital gains tax!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

I can recall that when Roald Dahl father, a wealthy shipbroker, died his mother stayed in Wales rather than moving to back to Norway citing her husband’s wish to keep keep his four children in their English school system, who he considered the the best in the world. Which is odd seeing his children were initially educated in Wales and Dahl himself until the age of 8 or 9, I think? She then, although still resident in Cardiff , put Dahl into an English pubic school in Western-Super-mare. This mainly because it was adjacent to the ferry. And its been… Read more »

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Mark
Mark
29 days ago

And not a single mention of his antisemitic views,

Hywel
Hywel
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Well, I’m sure if he was alive today it would getting a lot more coverage.

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