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Pulse Films takes rights to Peter Ackroyd’s “History of England”

London-based content studio Pulse Films has acquired fiction and non-fiction rights to Peter Ackroyd’s epic non-fiction book series The History of England from publisher Pan MacMillan in the UK and St. ...
October 10, 2018

London-based content studio Pulse Films has acquired fiction and non-fiction rights to Peter Ackroyd’s epic non-fiction book series The History of England from publisher Pan MacMillan in the UK and St. Martin’s Press in the US.

The deal comes as the fifth book in the series, Dominion, hits book shelves this month.

Pulse’s recent non-fiction output includes the feature docs Kingdom of Us, No Greater Law, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records and XY Chelsea.

Ackroyd’s series will consist of six books, chronicling the history of England, with the sixth and final volume expected in 2021.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Peter’s vision and extraordinary storytelling to life as an epic multi-series for television,” said Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benski, in a statement. “Winning the race to secure this sought-after IP and matching it with top director talent reinforces our studio’s core strategy to push the boundaries of what fiction and non-fiction television can be.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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