Particle6 Productions, the UK indie founded by Eline van der Velden, has acquired the rights to The Madigan Chronicles, Marieke Lexmond’s award-winning*, six-book series comprising titles such as The Dagger, The Magical Tarot Deck and The Wand.
The Madigan Chronicles is a mystical family drama about three generations of headstrong witches and their struggle to work together to keep a centuries-old promise and stop a dark witch from claiming a powerful elemental object…and causing all sorts of magical mayhem. With themes around self-discovery, empowerment and mother-daughter relationships, the addictive books, illustrated by Nicole Ruijgrok, have a loyal and sizeable international following, particularly amongst women.
Particle6 will now be involved in developing the wider Madigan Chronicles world in a bid to further engage the community and grow the audience for the franchise, ahead of moving into production.
While a pilot script for The Dagger, the first book in the series, is currently being written by Lexmond, Particle6 is seeking to drive further demand for the IP by creating viral videos for WitchTok (on TikTok) and by developing unique, collectable Magical Spell necklaces, which will be promoted via social media. Each fashionable necklace comes with a positive spell; examples include for love, wisdom, fertility and warding off evil.
Particle6’s involvement with The Madigan Chronicles’ IP has been facilitated by the receipt of a 2023 Innovate UK Creative Catalyst grant. Part of UK Research and Innovation, this government funded programme supports companies in the creative industries to scale up innovation and grow their business.
Eline van der Velden, founder of Particle6 Productions comments: “I’ve known Marieke for a while and have always been a big fan of her work, so I am thrilled that Innovate UK saw the same potential we did and awarded us a Creative Catalyst grant so that we could explore and extend the world of The Madigan Chronicles.