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.
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