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Rebel Girls Invites Audiences to Join the Secret Society of Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls is introducing a new franchise – and its first fiction series – with The Secret Society of Rebel Girls.

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 for Rebel Girls, who has publishing and television plans for the franchise.

Rebel Girls will release Secret Society of Rebel Girls: Nina and the Mysterious Mailbox August 13, 2024. Written by New York Times bestselling author Marti Dumas, Nina and the Mysterious Mailbox is the first of the six middle grade books in the series and will be published by DK.

Marti has written books including Wildseed Witch and Jaden Toussaint, and as contributor to It’s Not Bragging If It’s True: How to Be Awesome at Life, from a Winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF REBEL GIRLS is being developed for TV by Lion Forge Entertainment (Academy Award winning HAIR LOVE)

Lion Forge Entertainment President and CCO Stephanie Sperber is spearheading development for the studio. Anna McCleery is writing the pilot and serving as creator and executive producer. Lion Forge and Rebel Girls will executive produce the live action TV series. McCleery’s credits include A KIND OF SPARK and FREE REIN. She is represented by The Agency.

Jes Wolfe, Rebel Girls CEO: 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 showcase 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.

Stephanie Sperber, President and CCO Lion Forge Entertainment shared “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.”

About The Secret Society of Rebel Girls: Nina and the Mysterious Mailbox
A school election. A mysterious mailbox. And a letter from . . . Cleopatra? Middle school is so weird. That’s the thought running through Nina Warren-West’s head in her first weeks at Ada Lovelace Middle School. Little does she know, it’s about to get even weirder. Nina is determined to help her best friend Maya win the race for 6th grade representative. But when she uses her robotics skills to spy on Maya’s opponent, the girls wind up in detention. There, they are asked to write a letter to a woman from history. Nina pours her heart out to Cleopatra, and instead of throwing the letter away so her parents don’t find it, she slips it into a battered old mailbox she and Maya find in the woods. It was all just a game . . . until a giant scroll arrives at Nina’s house, signed by Cleopatra herself! Do the girls really have a pen pal from 2,000 years ago? Will their friend Zoe ever speak to them again? Why is their science teacher acting so oddly? And what on Earth is a time taco?

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF REBEL GIRLS is a quirky and authentic coming-of-age comedy series with a magical twist, about four friends who communicate with the great women of history through a mysterious and magical mailbox. The friends will connect with heroes from Ancient Rome, Edwardian England, civil rights era America, and everywhere in between, to help our friends navigate their problems and find their strength in the present day.

About Rebel Girls
Rebel Girls, a certified B Corporation, is a global, multi-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident generation of girls through content, experiences, products, and community. Originating from an international best-selling children’s book, Rebel Girls amplifies stories of real-life, extraordinary women throughout history, geography, and field of excellence. With a growing community of 33 million self-identified Rebel Girls spanning more than 100 countries, the brand engages with Generation Alpha through its book series, premier app and audio content, events, and merchandise. To date, Rebel Girls has sold more than 11 million books in 50 languages and reached 50 million audio listens. Award recognition includes New York Times bestseller list, 2022 Apple Design Award for Social Impact, multiple Webby Awards for family & kids, health & science, and education, and Common Sense Media Selection honors among many others.

About Lion Forge
Lion Forge Entertainment, one of the only Black-owned animation studios of scale in North America, was founded in 2019 by David Steward II as a platform to amplify authentic, diverse voices in the animation and live action kids & family space. “Diverse Stories, Authentically Told” is the driving motto and mission behind the company. Currently, Lion Forge Entertainment (LFE) is producing and co-financing the highly anticipated animated series “Iyanu,” for Cartoon Network and MAX. “Iyanu” is an adaptation of the graphic novel series Iyanu: Child of Wonder created by Roye Okupe and is an epic superhero steeped in Nigerian culture and mythology. Other Lion Forge projects include producing the Academy Award-winning animated short “Hair Love;” Annie and Image Award-nominated “Rise Up, Sing Out” for Disney; Emmy-winning special “The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special”; Children’s & Family Emmy Award-nominated “Rhymes Through Times” short series for Nickelodeon; and Emmy Award-winning short series “Drawn In” in partnership with Nine PBS. LFE recently signed a first look deal with Nickelodeon for animation. The company also has a partnership with Penguin Young Readers to develop animated and live action projects based on selected PYR best-selling books and a strategic alliance with Dentsu to develop projects for global partners and brands. Lion Forge Entertainment is represented by Activist Artists Management.

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