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Chorion finds Silver Lining

Rights for 'Olivia,' 'Caterpillar' acquired

LONDON — British rights-holder Chorion, which specializes in kids and classic crime fare, has acquired New York-based TV producer and merchandiser Silver Lining Prods.

The purchase, thought to have cost Chorion less than £1 million ($1.7 million), gives the combo film, TV and merchandising rights to properties such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Olivia the Pig.”

Deal is intended to strengthen Chorion’s position in the U.S. after the recent launch of “Make Way for Noddy” on PBS. Conversely, its experience and presence in Europe and Asia should help grow Silver Lining’s brands internationally.

Under the terms of the contract, Silver Lining co-founders Amory Millard and Diana Manson will join Chorion’s senior management team.

The publicly quoted Chorion owns rights to, among others, children’s authors Enid Blyton and Roger Hargreaves and crime novelists Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler.

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