Lion Forge Developing Rebel Girls Franchise for TV


Lion Forge Entertainment is developing a live-action TV series for Secret Society of Rebel Girls, with Dorling Kindersley (DK) on board for publishing.

Rebel Girls will release Secret Society of Rebel Girls: Nina and the Mysterious Mailbox, written by New York Times best-selling author Marti Dumas, on August 13 as the first of the six middle-grade books in the series published by DK. Lion Forge Entertainment (Hair Love) is developing the project for TV.

Set in the world of the Ada Lovelace School, Secret Society of Rebel Girls navigates friendship, laughter, adversity, mystery and adventure as classmates Nina, Maya, Kai and Zoe find themselves through advice from the past.

The original story and characters were conceived by Anna McCleery (A Kind of Spark, Free Rein) for Rebel Girls.

Lion Forge Entertainment’s president and CCO, Stephanie Sperber, is spearheading development for the studio. Anna McCleery is writing the pilot and serving as creator and executive producer.

Jes Wolfe, Rebel Girls’ CEO, said: “Creating our first fiction property with Secret Society of Rebel Girls has been an incredible road, and I know girls will discover friendship, adventure and confidence in the stories of Nina, Maya, Kai and Zoe. As a girl-first brand, we are proud to produce storytelling that reflects girlhood today and showcases characters readers can identify with and embrace for the triumphs, adversity and weirdness in everyday life. We are proud to be working with Lion Forge, DK, Anna and Marti to bring Secret Society of Rebel Girls to life.”

Sperber said: “Rebel Girls is one of the most impactful brands in the world, reaching girls, boys and their parents in publishing, podcasts and more. We’re honored and excited to take Rebel Girls to television for the first time and expand and grow with the global audience who is already passionate about the IP. There are so few big IPs available, and when driving discoverability is critical in a world full of content choices, brands like Rebel Girls can really break through.”