Sunday, 15 September 2013

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Bill Bryson supports Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity through Audible giveaway



Audible.co.uk today announced the release of Bill Bryson for the Love Hearts Appeal, a previously unpublished anecdote written and recorded by the internationally best-selling author. Bill Bryson for the Love Hearts Appeal is available free at Audible.co.uk and the audiobook provider will donate 50p per download from Audible.co.uk to the Love Hearts Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

The 12-minute download is a must for any fans of Bill’s work. With trademark wit, Bill divulges his unfortunate “genius for painful outcomes.” This hilarious account of his own encounters with injury accompanies Bill’s depiction of a truly heroic person he knows.

Bill has supported the Love Hearts Appeal since meeting student Catherine McLachlan in his role as Chancellor at Durham University. After receiving a heart transplant aged 15, Catherine and her family set up the Appeal to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. In 2011 Bill became patron of the Appeal which funds cardiac research and raises awareness for more people to join the organ donor register.

Bill Bryson said: “I have been to Great Ormond Street Hospital and seen the work they do there. It is one of the world’s greatest paediatric hospitals and truly one of the glories of Britain. Please download this story from Audible.co.uk; the more it gets downloaded, the more money goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.”

Laurence Howell, Audible, said: “Bill Bryson is one of Britain’s best loved writers; whatever topic he writes about is brought to life with humour, verve and gumption. It is our pleasure to be able to make more of Bill’s brilliant work available to listeners, and assist in supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in the process, especially as Bill’s narration captures perfectly the special intimacy that an audio recording of real sensitivity can achieve.”

Katie Simmons; Senior Fundraising Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said “The Love Hearts Appeal has supported the charity for many years now and we are so grateful for the support of all those involved. Proceeds from the free download will go towards helping more patients who require critical cardiac care”.

To download Bill Bryson for the Love Hearts Appeal, please visit www.audible.co.uk. To learn more about the Love Hearts Appeal, please visit http://www.gosh.org/gen/events-and-appeals/appeals/love-hearts-appeal/

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Warner Bros. Announces Expanded Creative Partnership with J.K. Rowling

Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.” (Expanded Rowling quote at bottom of release.)

“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”

In addition to the film series, “Fantastic Beasts” will also be developed across the Studio’s video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com, Rowling’s digital online experience built around the Harry Potter stories.

The Studio’s expanded partnership with Rowling also covers the continued expansion of its Harry Potter activities, including the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in conjunction with partner Universal Parks and Resorts (currently in Orlando, FL; opening in Hollywood, CA and Osaka, Japan), digital initiatives (including Pottermore), video games, consumer products and visitor attractions.

In addition, Warner Bros. will serve as the worldwide TV distributor (excluding the U.K.) of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming television adaptation for the BBC of “The Casual Vacancy,” her best-selling first novel aimed at adult audiences. This miniseries begins production in 2014.

The relationship will be managed in London by Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership, Rowling’s literary agency, and Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, who will serve as Warner Bros.’ chief business contact for all J.K. Rowling initiatives going forward.

Rowling’s expanded quote regarding “Fantastic Beasts” is below:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited for the new Harry Potter! (even though it technically has no Harry Potter in it, that's what I'm calling it :)

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