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Netflix acquires rights to Roald Dahl books

Streaming giant Netflix got the golden ticket as it acquired the rights to the books from iconic children’s fiction writer Roald Dahl
The deal means the streaming giant will own creations like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The BFG,” reports bbc.com.
Netflix will control what happens to them in publishing, television and film – and collect the royalties.
He will also create many spin-off games, stage shows and other live experiences.
The buyout means The Roald Dahl Story Company, which is run by the late author’s grandson Luke Kelly and previously owned by family and other employees, will now become a division of Netflix.
In a joint statement, Kelly and Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said they “are joining forces to bring some of the world’s most beloved stories to current and future fans in creative and innovative ways.”
This decision is based on an agreement between the streaming giant and the domain in 2018, allowing it to make animated series based on its books.
As part of the deal, Oscar winner Taika Waititi is currently working on a series based on the world of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, while Sony and Working Title are making an adaptation of ‘Matilda The Musical’.
Nineteen TV shows, movies, stage shows and live experiences are already in the works.
“These projects opened our eyes to a much more ambitious endeavor – the creation of a unique universe through animated and live action films and television, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theater, consumer products and more, ”said Kelly and Sarandos.
Netflix made the announcement by revealing its name on a Golden Ticket hidden inside a Willy Wonka candy bar wrapper.
The back of the ticket had the words “We don’t know what we’ll see” – a line from “James and the Giant Peach”.
“As we present these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we are committed to maintaining their unique spirit and universal themes of surprise and cuteness, while sprinkling new magic into the mix,” have added Kelly and Sarandos.
Dahl throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s became known for his bestselling children’s books, many of which were later made into films.
He died at the age of 74 in 1990, and sold 300 million books worldwide, printed in 65 languages.
The Dahl catalog also includes “Fantastic Mr Fox”, “James and the Giant Peach”, “The Witches and The Twits”. (IANS)

History of Indian cricket after independence

As the Indian cricket team prepares for a transition to a new head coach and a change of the guard in the shorter format, its story is, in many ways, the story of the nation itself. It’s also a game that has inspired some of the most insightful writings in all genres. “Indian Innings” (Westland) brings together some of the best samples of this writing, carefully curated by Ayaz Memon, one of India’s top sports journalists.
Everything is done in stages.
In his own masterful introduction, Memon traces the development of the sport in a newly independent country to the 1970s, a decade of inflection points that dramatically changed Indian cricket. From KN Prabhu to PN Sundaresan and Dicky Rutnagar to Ramachandra Guha and Suresh Menon – these years of famous victories and the Spin Quartet come to life.
The victory of the Prudential Cup, the legends of Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, the Tied Test of 1986, the influence of television – voices as diverse as Raj Singh Dungarpur, Shashi Tharoor, Anil Dharker and Rajdeep Sardesai – capture the historical 1980s.
The post-90s saw a profusion of cricket riches for India. The Tendulkar era, the epic victory of Eden Gardens in 2001, the victory of the 2007 T20 World Cup, the emergence of the IPL, the victory of the 2011 World Cup, the era of Captain Dhoni, the victory in Australia in 2021 and much more in the essays of some of India’s best sports writers like Rohit Brijnath, Sambit Bal and Sharda Ugra.
Likewise, the book struggles with the difficult history of the game. The “summer of 42” (the score India surrendered to Lords in 1974), the issue of match-fixing, the Greg Chappell saga, the Lalit Modi case and many others are tackled in pieces by Bishan Singh Bedi, Aniruddha Bahal, Pradeep Magazine, Sriram Veera, among others.
Rounding out these great offerings is Clayton Murzello’s carefully curated ‘Milestones’ section – a superb look at the past 75 years.
As comprehensive as one might hope for the history of cricket after independence, this gripping volume promises hours of reading pleasure for all cricket fans.
Ayaz Memon is an Indian journalist, columnist and author who writes on sports, politics and social issues. A lawyer by training, he chose journalism over law. stages of his 42-year career.
Memon is the author of “Wills Book of Excellence: One-Day Cricket” and “Thunder Down Under”, and co-author of “India 50 – The Making of a Nation” published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of India. He has also been a commentator for sports channels and an analyst on various issues for news channels. (IANS)

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