Kinsane Entertainment reels in the film, TV, mobile game and podcast rights for hit deep-sea comedy-adventure book trilogy YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO by Jason Henderson

- Written by best-selling author Jason Henderson, and inspired by the Jules Verne classic 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, the books debuted to critical and commercial acclaim in 2019.

- Kinsane Entertainment has acquired film, TV, mobile game, and podcast rights for the book trilogy.

Los Angeles, California, USA, May 28, 2020: Kinsane Entertainment Inc, a global kids and family entertainment company owned by Rainshine Entertainment, announces the acquisition of the book adaptation rights for best-selling author Jason Henderson’s YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO, an chart-topping middle-grade fiction trilogy. Kinsane will develop the literary franchise as an animated series, as mobile games, consumer products, and more for worldwide release.

Debuting to critical and commercial acclaim in 2019, the NEMO trilogy are publications of Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends imprint. YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO tracks the tale of 12-year-old submariner wunderkind Gabriel Nemo. Gabriel is a present-day descendant of iconic antihero Captain Nemo (a.k.a. Hindu Prince Dakkar) — helmer of the submersible Nautilus — from French novelist Jules Verne’s classics 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. Equipped with his wits, his tricked-out Nemotech vessel and paired with his two best mates, Gabriel endeavors to make the ocean a safer place. Besides nature’s wrath, Gabriel faces conflict in the form of his ecological extremist older sister. Unlike her, Gabriel aspires to use his legacy for aboveboard causes, as opposed to random vigilante justice.

Kinsane Entertainment, Inc. is an international, digital content corporation focused on 2 to 15-year-olds and families. Its co-founders are Kurt Inderbitzin, Indrani Pillai, and Saahil Bhargava. Creative development on NEMO for multiple platforms will be led by Saahil Bhargava.

Commenting on the development, Kurt Inderbitzin, Co-Founder and CEO, Kinsane Entertainment, Inc. says, “Kinsane’s acquisition of NEMO represents our commitment to premium kids’ and family-friendly brands. This partnership will enable us to expand our portfolio into different genres, such as steampunk, conservation, and coming-of-age, thereby appealing to new audience segments via unique storytelling. We love books and are honored to bring this evergreen mythology to life.”

Representing Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends subsidiary, Senior Editor Holly West says, “I’ve loved working on the YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO trilogy with Jason. These books are smart, fun, and full of adventure while also having a solid core of friendship and family.”

NEMO wordsmith Jason Henderson typifies the collective enthusiasm and says, “I’m excited, but I’m more than excited, I am so jazzed. YOUNG CAPTAIN NEMO is an ocean escapade at a time when we need to respect our oceans desperately. Ever since I was a kid and read my first young reader’s edition of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, I have been entranced by the vision of Captain Nemo and his family. Through the course of the story, we see naval ships, submarines, shipwrecks, volcanoes on the sea floor, giant sea monsters, people diving and running around in the rain on top of surfaced subs. This stuff makes me feel alive! I’m thrilled to share this vision with Kinsane, who do such amazing things the world over. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

About Kinsane Entertainment:

Established in early 2018, Kinsane Entertainment has a 360-degree approach to developing children and family titles; Kinsane’s creative architecture includes building franchises through a mix of videos and games. Since its inception, the company has launched two popular universes: 1) KINTOONS, a pre-school property that has over 50 million views and 150,000 subscribers of its videos across VOD platforms, such as YouTube and ROKU (with over 1 million downloads of its games across app stores), plus Trinity Broadcasting subscription service Yippee.

2) Cartoon comedy OTTO IN THE MIDDLE, launched first in the form of mobile games, has 1.2 million downloads across app stores. OTTO IN THE MIDDLE, the animated series, was showcased at Asia TV Forum 2018 Singapore as part of the ‘Fresh Content from India’ panel.

Kinsane plans to launch additional animated series, such as ERU AND THE GHOST KINGDOM and BOOKENDED, along with a plethora of delightful and cutting-edge games built around each of these ecosystems. For more information, please see

About Rainshine Entertainment:

Rainshine Entertainment is a global entertainment company that nurtures, creates and develops innovative studios under its collective banner. The various divisions launch universally appealing content and build sustainable business models. Transcending both digital and traditional media, the company’s library contains a wide variety of formats and genres, including young adult romance and drama, comedy, crime and thrillers, biographical stories, documentaries and docu-dramas, kids and animation, podcasts, gaming and branded content. With offices in Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London, Rainshine partners with talent, content creators, and distributors across the planet.

Rainshine is committed to building a nimble and driven company that embraces diversity, while valuing curiosity, levity, generosity, virtuosity, and tenacity as its core principles.

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Marlene Sharp, Head of IP Strategy and Acquisitions, Kinsane

Pranab Punj, CMO, Rainshine




Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who originally hails from New Orleans but is now a (San Fernando) Valley girl.

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