AWESOME MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES PUBLISHING IMPRINT ‘AWESOME READS’

Ingrid Selberg joins as Director of Publishing

London, UK – 24 September 2018: Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the I.P. and production company founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, is launching a new publishing imprint Awesome Reads.

Former Managing Director of Simon & Schuster Children’s UK Ingrid Selberg is joining to oversee the company as Director of Publishing.

Awesome Reads will publish 3-4 books a year with a focus on high concept, commercial stories that capture the imagination. The imprint will launch with Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake, a comedy adventure about the only human boy at the school for aliens at the infamous Area 51.

Alienated will publish on 1 November, closely followed in January 2019 by a second title – Dino Knights: Knights of Panterra, the first instalment in a book series about a team of teenage, medieval knights who ride into adventure. The first two books written by Jeff Norton, but Awesome Reads is already working with a raft of other authors.

Awesome Media & Entertainment will be looking at ways to exploit the IP of the books published by Awesome Reads across multiple platforms globally, primarily developing the content for television.

Director of Publishing Ingrid Selberg says: “I’m delighted to be working with Jeff Norton to launch Awesome Reads and bring these stories which are exciting and emotionally engaging to a wide readership.”

Founder of Awesome, Jeff Norton adds: “As both an author and a producer, it’s been my mission to create a virtuous circle from books to screen and back again to inspire young people to become lifelong readers. Awesome Reads closes that circle.”

Awesome Reads can be found at: www.AwesomeReads.com

Jane Steventon Joins Awesome as Development Producer for UK Scripted

The Story of Tracy Beaker and Hollyoaks Later Producer joins the London- based company to work across both children’s and adult UK scripted content

London, UK – 2 July 2018: Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the creative content company founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, has hired Jane Steventon as Producer to work across UK scripted, focusing on both children’s and adult content.

Steventon joins Awesome with a wealth of industry experience having produced iconic kids’ television series The Story of Tracy Beaker and the film Tracy Beaker’s ‘The Movie of Me’, as well as producing popular UK dramas Hollyoaks Later and Casualty. Steventon will be working directly with Norton across the company growing development slate of both original and adapted IP.

Steventon will lead Awesome’s adaptation of the literary novel ‘The Last Wave’ together with ex-BBC Studios executive Fraser Robinson and develop television adaptations of Awesome’s best-selling book series ‘Princess Ponies’ and ‘MetaWars.’

The appointment marks Awesome’s first since taking investment from global content company Kew Media Group. With Kew’s backing, Awesome is ramping up its scripted development both in the UK and internationally.

Jeff Norton, founder of Awesome and writer-producer said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jane on board as we begin to expand our slate of scripted output. Jane’s knowledge of producing within the UK scripted landscape cross both kids and adult content will be invaluable during this next stage of growth for Awesome.”

Steventon added: “I am thrilled to be working with Jeff as Awesome continues to expand and take on exciting content in the children’s and adult scripted space.  I’m looking forward to collaborating with partners in the international arena and can’t wait to get started.”

Awesome options Gillian Best’s debut novel THE LAST WAVE from House of Anansi Press

London, UK – 20 March 2018: Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the creative content company founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton has optioned the media rights to debut novel ‘THE LAST WAVE’.

Written by award-winning, Bristol-based Gillian Best and published by House of Anansi Press, ‘THE LAST WAVE’ won rave reviews in North America and has become a book club favourite, establishing its author as a bold new voice in literary fiction.

Awesome will immediately begin developing ‘THE LAST WAVE’ for television, with Norton and ex BBC Worldwide and ITV Studios executive Fraser Robinson attached as Executive Producers.

The deal marks Awesome’s first literary acquisition since taking investment from global content company Kew Media Group. With Kew’s backing, Awesome is ramping up its scripted development of book-based IP. Awesome previously optioned TV rights in Jay Gunn’s cult-hit graphic novel ‘SURFACE TENSION’ and is co-developing that franchise with Wall to Wall Television (part of Warner Bros. UK).

Executive Producer Jeff Norton says: “Awesome is an author-founded company and we want to be the home for the world’s most creative storytellers. Gillian Best’s novel is heart-breaking yet ultimately heart-warming tale that is at once a feminist story, a novel about a marriage and a narrative about one woman’s self-empowerment and liberation from domestic life.”

‘THE LAST WAVE’, set in Dover, U.K., is an intergenerational saga that revolves around the protagonist Martha, (a woman who has swum the English Channel ten times), and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children, and her close friends. The one constant in Martha’s life is the sea, which provides an allegorical backdrop to three generations of her family.

Author Gillian Best adds: “I’m delighted that Awesome has picked up ‘THE LAST WAVE’. As an author, I’ve found it incredibly fascinating to hear how my novel has been interpreted by different readers, and I’m excited to see what new perspectives this will bring.”

House of Anansi Press, which has published authors including Margaret Atwood and Patrick De Witt, has increasingly become involved in book adaptations: Lisa Moore’s novel ‘CAUGHT’ recently aired on Canada’s CBC as a five part mini-series, and the feature length adaption of Deborah Ellis’ ‘THE BREADWINNER’ was nominated for an Academy Award.

Sarah MacLachlan, President and Publisher, House of Anansi Press, says: “‘THE LAST WAVE’ is not only beautifully written but also strikingly visual and we are delighted that Awesome will be shepherding it to the screen.”

Kew the Awesome

Hi everyone! Just a quick note from Cannes.

Today, Kew Media Group, a publicly listed media company with offices in London, Toronto, and Los Angeles announced it’s taking a stake in Awesome.

Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the KEW family of companies, which includes production and distribution. KEW may not be a household name, but its founders, board members and partners are some of the best in the business. And (and this is important), they are also the most professional and highly ethical in the industry.

Practically speaking, this deal means Awesome can scale up.

We plan to hire some great people (maybe it’s you…don’t hesitate to be in touch) and we’ll bring our creative development slate to screen in more impactful way. We’ll soon be in a place to help authors and writers realise their visions. Awesome grew out of the books that I wrote and co-wrote, but now, I’ll be able to work with fellow authors and creators to develop, package, and produce their best work across books and screen. I want Awesome to be the creative hub where the world’s most talented creators come to do the work that future generations will remember them by.

What won’t change is our obsession for creative quality. I will still be writing, both books and original TV script. For example, I’m writing my first adult novel now, ‘Looking Glass’ and sharing the work in process chapters on wattpad) and original script ‘Expat’ is now in co-development with Monumental Television.

The other thing that won’t change is the flexible model we work with. This deal is not a ‘first look’ or ‘distribution’ deal. Awesome will still be free to match our creative projects with the most appropriate distribution partners for each project. We’re already working with ITV Studios, Warner Bros, and WME-IMG.

This is an incredibly exciting next step in the evolution of what I set out to create a few years ago with just my laptop and backpack.

I hope you’ll join me on the next leg of this journey.

On we go,

Jeff 🙂

Awesome Media & Entertainment and Cloth Cat Animation sign deal for Stomp School

BOOK PROPERTY TO BE CO-DEVELOPED FOR TELEVISION

London, U.K., 18 September 2017: London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment, the company founded by Canadian-born creator, author and screenwriter Jeff Norton, and award-winning Welsh studio Cloth Cat Animation are entering an agreement to co-develop book property Stomp School for television. The deal was brokered by Industry Media.

Stomp School is the debut picture book from award-winning author and writer-producer Jeff Norton. It is illustrated by Leo Antolini and was published in August, 2017 by Caterpillar Books (an imprint of Little Tiger Press), to rave reviews.

Jeff Norton says: “I’m thrilled that Stomp School has found a nurturing home in Cloth Cat Animation, a creatively-driven company that will bring this eccentric cast of characters to life.”

Jon Rennie, Managing Director of Cloth Cat Animation adds: “We’re delighted to work with Jeff to develop Stomp School as an animated series. The book immediately caught our imaginations when Jeff first pitched it to us and we know it will make for a fun, energetic series for both kids and their parents, who have themselves grown up with kaiju stories!”

Adam Bailey, Head of Animation Development at Cloth Cat Animation says: “When I first saw the book, I found it instantly relatable to my own kids and how they like to build and destroy! We see so much potential in the colourful and modern style of the illustrations, which builds on the high quality work that Cloth Cat has developed a reputation for.”

The book stars Rikki, a little kaiju who just loves to build things. Kaiju is a Japanese word that has come to mean “giant monster”. Find out what happens on his first day at Stomp School, where he is in for a few surprises! Inspired by Jeff’s own challenges of childcare for his son, every parent will identify with the universal themes of creativity and destruction.

Stomp School is about having fun and being yourself; it takes the conceit of the city-stomping kaiju monster and flips the expectations on its head. The first book explores the anxiety of going to school and presents a positive fatherly role model.

 

About Awesome

Awesome Media & Entertainment (‘Awesome’) is a global creative incubator dedicated to the creation of compelling characters, engaging stories, and immersive worlds. Founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, Awesome began as a book packager, publishing over 25 titles and is now developing television adaptations of its books as family-friendly franchises and original, high-end drama. Awesome is owned by Norton and media entrepreneur Peter Sussman. Awesome operates out of London, UK and Toronto, Canada. For more information, visit: www.awesomemediaent.com

 

About Jeff Norton

Jeff is the author of the award-winning ‘MetaWars’ novels (Hachette), the new young adult thriller ‘Keeping The Beat’ (KCP Loft), and the laugh-out-loud ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ books (Faber). He is also the creator and co-author of the best-selling ‘Princess Ponies’ franchise (Bloomsbury). Jeff is an executive producer of ‘Trucktown’ (Nelvana), based on the books by Jon Scieszka. Previously, Jeff was SVP at Chorion Ltd. where he managed the Enid Blyton Literary estate. Before moving the UK, Jeff worked in Hollywood for both indie and studio-based production companies, and produced the award-winning ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ interactive movie. Jeff is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and was previously a marketing executive for Procter & Gamble. For more information, visit: www.jeffnorton.com

 

About Cloth Cat Animation:

Cloth Cat Animation is a 2D and CG animation studio based in Cardiff Bay, UK. Experts in character animation and passionate about great design and storytelling, they’re experienced in the development, design and technical execution of content for broadcast, commercials, promos, games and web. Based in the GloWorks, the flagship Welsh Government creative industries and media centre alongside sister companies Bait Studio and Thud Media, they form the largest animation production company in Wales.

 

Cloth Cat Animation are renowned co-production partners and their recent work can be seen on CBeebies, Disney, Cartoon Network, Sprout, Netflix, S4C, RTÉjr, ABC Australia and many more channels worldwide. Our credits include: Luo Bao Bei, Shane the Chef, Olobob Top, Ethel & Ernest, Boj, Toot the Tiny Tugboat, Grandpa in my Pocket, Ha Ha Hairies, Llan-ar-goll-en and Disney’s Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh. For more information, visit: www.clothcatanimation.com