MIPTV News: Literary agent targets TV with girls show jumping title

UK-based children’s literary agency Miles Stott will seek to secure TV adaptations of a new girls novel based on the real life childhood of a show-jumping Arab princess and will be scouting for partners at MIPTV.

The agency said it was seeking to raise the screen potential of new title The Princess and the Foal following a deal with publisher HarperCollins Children’s.

HarperCollins will publish it in September but the Miles Stott Agency has retained TV and film rights and will be at MIPTV looking for partners for adaptations.

The book is based on the real life childhood of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, a former Olympic show jumper and daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan.

It comes from author Stacy Gregg and tells the story of the princess’ bond with her horse and her convention-busting pursuit of a career in show jumping.

Nancy Miles, founder of the Miles Stott Agency, said: “The Princess and the Foal is an epic story that will inspire girls everywhere to follow their dreams. Stacy’s unique insights into the princess’ childhood give this novel an utterly absorbing narrative, perfect for captivating both small- and big-screen audiences. I look forward to exploring its TV and film potential with interested production partners.”

Miles Stott is offering advanced manuscripts to interested prodcos. The agency also said it has rights to other titles on its MIPTV slate.