Chorion buys rights to French gumshoe

U.K. co. to target English-language markets

LONDON — U.K. rights group Chorion has acquired control of the rights to Inspector Maigret, France’s answer to Hercule Poirot.

Chorion has picked up the worldwide rights to the works of French author George Simenon, which includes 75 Maigret books. The rights will be held in a new company, George Simenon Ltd., to be 85%-owned by Chorion and 15%-owned by the Simenon family.

Chorion is paying £5.6 million ($8.1 million) for the rights.

Chorion chairman John Conlan said: “The Maigret series of books is well known but currently largely unexploited in the U.K., the U.S.A. and throughout the English-speaking world where we are confident we can develop substantial publishing, TV and video opportunities.”

Chorion also holds rights to the works of Agatha Christie – creator of Poirot – Enid Blyton and others.

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