Huckerby & Ostler are an Emmy and BAFTA-nominated writing partnership. Their first novel, superhero action adventure DEFENDER OF THE REALM will be published by Scholastic on 3rd March 2016.Their first feature film HOWL @HowlMovie ("One of the best werewolf movies in years." Starburst Magazine) was released in the UK in 2015 and US in January 2016. Their next feature, DON'T KNOCK TWICE @DontKnockTwice starring Katee Sackhoff is currently in post-production for a 2016 release. In TV they have scripted hundreds of episodes of popular shows such as DANGER MOUSE, PETER RABBIT and THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! reaching worldwide audiences of millions.
If you twitterize then you can follow them @nickostler @Huckywucky Nick currently has a whole SEVENTEEN more followers than Mark. Count them, Mark: SEVENTEEN.
Here's the latest:
DEFENDER WEBSITE GOES LIVE!
January 2016 - We're very excited to announce that the DEFENDER OF THE REALM website is now up and running, hosted by our friends at Swap It. So head on over to http://www.https://www.swapit.co.uk/earn/defender to read the first two chapters of the book, play games, enter competitions, ask us questions and more!
DANGER MOUSE XMAS SPECIAL IS RATINGS SMASH!
January 2016 - News that 1.5 million tuned in to see 'The Snowman Cometh' Danger Mouse Christmas Special on BBC1 on Christmas morning!
It got some very nice reviews too:
"Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby have put together a joyous romp of a script... one of the funniest pieces of television this year" - Den Of Geek http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/danger-mouse/38278/danger-mouse-the-snowman-cometh-review
"Stay alert for a Walking In The Air gag that's a killer..." The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/dec/16/wednesdays-best-tv-danger-mouse-the-snowman-cometh-journey-down-the-yukon-love-you-to-death-peep-show
Look out for a lot more Danger Mouse on UK and US screens in 2016!
DEFENDER OF THE REALM - COVER UNVEILED!
December 2015 - Scholastic unveiled the cover for DEFENDER OF THE REALM which is published in the UK on 3rd March 2016. The cover art is by Tom Percival who illustrated the bestselling SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series by Derek Landy. DEFENDER OF THE REALM is now available for pre-order! http://amzn.to/1U2g5Qr
DEFENDER OF THE REALM HITS FRANKFURT!
October 2015 - Scholastic took our upcoming first novel DEFENDER OF THE REALM to the Frankfurt Book Fair this week and look how pretty the limited edition proof copies are! An announcement about foreign rights sales is coming soon. The book is published in the UK on the 1st March 2016 and we're currently busy writing the follow-up!
DANGER MOUSE IS BACK!
October 2015 - The all new series of DANGER MOUSE has premiered in the UK to huge acclaim, garnering stellar reviews. We scripted 16 episodes and script edited a further 10 across the series. Our first two episodes, PLANET OF THE TOILETS and PINK DAWN can be seen now on BBC Iplayer. DANGER MOUSE will be hitting Netflix in the States and worldwide in 2016. Crumbs!
HOWL - WORLD PREMIERE REPORT
September 2015 - A packed house enjoyed the HOWL premiere at the UK's Frightfest on 31st August and the film has already received a clutch of 4-star reviews. We especially liked this one, because it mentions the writers! http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2015/08/film4-frightfest-2015-review-howl-2015.html Some of our fantastic cast did a Q&A afterwards (below). The movie will be released in the UK on 16th October, but if you can't wait till then, there's another chance to see it early, on Saturday 3rd October at Manchester's Grimmfest http://grimmfest.com/grimmupnorth/2015/09/grimmfest-2015-line-up/ It goes on general release in the UK on 16th October!
US PREMIERE OF 'HOWL' ANNOUNCED
August 2015 - As we gear up for the UK premiere of HOWL at Frightfest on August 31st, news of the US Premiere has been released along with a cool new retro poster! If you're in Florida, get yourself to the Popcorn Frights Festival on 3rd October http://www.popcornfrights.com/festival-schedule/ STOP PRESS: SCREENING SOLD OUT! ENJOY!
'DON'T KNOCK TWICE' SHOOT STARTS!
23rd July 2015. Our second feature - supernatural horror DON'T KNOCK TWICE started shooting this week in Cardiff, helmed by Caradog James (The Machine). Joining star Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick, Battlestar Galactica) in the cast are Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter, Ballet Shoes, below), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows 1 & 2), Javier Botet (Mama, Rec), Pooneh Hajimohammadi (The Machine), Richard Mylan (Waterloo Road) & Ania Marson (Howl).
HOWL UK PREMIERE!
July 2015 - We're very excited to announce that the UK premiere of HOWL will take place during Frightfest at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, London on 31st August 2015! Tickets available through the Frightfest website. See you there! Meanwhile the trailer has now exceeded 1 million views on You Tube!
DON'T KNOCK TWICE FINDS ITS LEAD!
May 2015 - We're insanely excited that Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick, Battlestar Galactica) has signed on to play the lead in our next film, DON'T KNOCK TWICE. Directed by Caradog James (THE MACHINE). The film is now in pre-production. Cameras roll 20th July!
HOWL - TRAILER & US DISTRIBUTION!
May 2015 has been a big month for HOWL with the release of the first trailer and Alchemy picking up the film for US distribution. More news soon.
HOWL - FIRST IMAGES RELEASED!
March 2015: Here's Amit Shah, one of the stars of HOWL getting his axe on, in one of the exclusive first images which appeared in Screen International.
HOWL - SNEAK PEAK HITS FRIGHTFEST!
February 2015 - Shauna Macdonald (THE DESCENT), one of the stars of our upcoming horror movie HOWL, will be previewing some exclusive clips with director Paul Hyett (THE SEASONING HOUSE) at Frightfest in Glasgow on Friday 27th February.
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!
October 2014: Exciting news from Cannes where ITV Studios' huge reboot of Thunderbirds was screened at MIP - and we were very proud to learn that it was our episode which was used for the premiere!
Read more about it at http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/11/itv-remake-thunderbirds-are-go?CMP=twt_gu The show will be hitting TV screens in Spring 2015. F-A-B!
DANGER MOUSE RETURNS!
June 2014: After months of keeping it top secret we can now reveal that we are writing episodes of a new series of DANGER MOUSE which will be returning to TV screens worldwide in 2015! Crumbs.
HOWL GOES INTO PRODUCTION!
May 2014: HOWL, our werewolf film, begins principle photography on the 27th of May! Shooting in London, it's directed by Paul Hyett (The Seasoning House) and starring Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) Shauna Macdonald (The Descent) and Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci's Demons). We couldn't be any more happy, nervous or excited! Check out @Howlmovie on Twitter for more news.
EMMY NOMINATIONS FOR PETER RABBIT!
May 2014: We are delighted to have been nominated for an Emmy Award for our work on PETER RABBIT - Outstanding Writing, Pre-School Animation (along with our co-head writer, Justin Trefgarne). The show received an incredible 8 nominations in total. Details at http://www.brownbagfilms.com/labs/entry/three-emmy-awards-winning?utm_source=tw
The awards will be presented 21st June 2014.
DON'T KNOCK TWICE - DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED!
March 2014: We're thrilled to announce that DON'T KNOCK TWICE, our supernatural horror film, is to be directed by the brilliant Caradog James (THE MACHINE).
ANNIE NOMINATION FOR PETER RABBIT!
February 2014: PETER RABBIT has been nominated for Best Pre-School Series at the prestigious Annie Awards.
IFTA NOMINATION FOR PETER RABBIT!
2013: Really proud that Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale was nominated for Best TV Animation at the Irish Film and Television Academy awards!
Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale clocked up 3 million viewers on Nickelodeon in the US making it the most watched pre school show for that week! It also had a prime time broadcast on Christmas day on BBC 1.
"Splendid... hits the target. Beatrix Potter would be proud."- New York Daily News
"Fabulous animation... it's a funny, warm-hearted and utterly delightful story."- The Times (London)
"Bet Your Camomile Tea, Peter, You're a TV Star."- New York Times
2013: THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS was nominated for a second time for Best Animation Series at the children's BAFTAS!
For more on what Mark and Nick are up to, please see the links opposite.