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Dubai radio presenter signs TV deal for debut novel

Brandy Scott inks agreement after launching novel Not Bad People earlier this year

Dubai radio presenter signs TV deal for debut novel
Dubai-based radio presenter Brandy Scott.

Dubai-based radio presenter Brandy Scott has signed a deal with a New Zealand producer to turn her debut novel into a television series, it was announced on Monday.

The deal with film and television producer John Barnett was announced on Monday on the Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8, the radio show Scott presents with fellow presenters Richard Dean and Malcolm Taylor.

The New Zealander launched her debut novel Not Bad People in Australia earlier this year and it launches in the US and Canada this week. The book, published by Harper Collins, tells the story of three Australian women who decide to mark New Year’s Eve by releasing lanterns into the sky as part of a ‘letting go’ ceremony, sparking a chain of disastrous events.

Barnett is best known for producing Oscar-nominated 2002 film Whale Rider. He has optioned Not Bad People, with the aim of turning it into an eight-part series.

“Not Bad People has a great plot and fabulous characters. As soon as I read it, I could envisage it on screen, and it will make a very entertaining series,” Barnett said.

"We went with John because we really loved what he wanted to do with the book," Scott told Arabian Business. "I grew up watching television that John was responsible for, so it's hugely flattering - and a bit surreal - to have him so excited about my novel."