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DLT acquires the worldwide rights to the Merrily Watkins series by Phil Rickman

London, UK, 26 September 2006: DLT Entertainment has acquired the worldwide rights to the critically acclaimed Merrily Watkins series of novels written by Phil Rickman, announced Don Taffner Jr, President of DLT Entertainment today.

A mixture of crime, fantasy and realism, the Merrily Watkins series is made up of eight novels (with more to come) and follows the life of Diocesan Deliverance Consultant, Reverend Watkins, as she attempts to understand and overcome the paranormal influences which are wreaking havoc in the diocese. Not an average Reverend, Rickman gives the stereotypical view of parish priests a wide birth and creates a more realistic Merrily; a chain smoking single Mum, who has never wanted a picture-postcard parish – or a huge and haunted vicarage. As for her daughter, Jane – what angst ridden teenager, struggling with the pressures of adolescence, would want her mother to be a vicar?

Adapting the series is writer David Gilman (A Touch of Frost) who is developing the novels into a continuing series for television. DLT will be meeting with the UK broadcasters shortly to discuss this exciting project.

Don Taffner Jr, President of DLT Entertainment said, “The Merrily Watkins novels are a highly regarded series with an extraordinary loyal fan base. With the help of David Gilman we hope to bring to screen the unique characteristics of Merrily and delve into a criminal, paranormal genre yet to be explored by DLT Entertainment.”

For further information please contact:
Gemma Dunbar at Premier PR
Tel + 44 (0) 20 7292 8331 Fax +44 (0) 20 7734 2024
Email: gemma.dunbar@premierpr.com /

Notes to Editors:
With offices in London, New York and Los Angeles, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the US and in the UK.

Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Senior, the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. DLT Entertainment has enjoyed terrific success over the last forty plus years with legendary hits including the multiple award-winning sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood and The Russ Abbot Show.

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