Author Jeff Norton reads Alienated for kids staying home

Award-winning author Jeff Norton is reading his acclaimed middle-grade novel, Alienated: Grounded At Groom Lake, to kids staying home from school during the coronavirus crisis.

Norton, best-known for his popular ‘MetaWars‘ novels (Hachette) and laugh-out-loud ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie‘ books (Faber & Faber), started reading one chapter each day on 17th of March.

“We’re all staying home to stay safe, so I wanted to offer kids and parents a daily dose of story time,” says Norton.

‘Alienated’ is the story of Sherman Capote, the only human boy at the high school for aliens at Area 51. The fish-out-of-water book has been likened to ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘Star Wars’ with a dash of ‘Men In Black.’

“Because we can’t go to school right now, I thought it’d be fun to tell a set in school, about the balance between fitting in and standing out.”

Popular book review site Toppsta calls Alienated: “A highly entertaining series with themes of diversity, friendship, teamwork and perseverance, ALIENATED features a wild mix of characters thrown together in Groom Lake High, a school like no other. Jeff Norton grips readers from the outset of ALIENATED, with his trademark funny, observant and fast-paced story-telling.”

Norton is reading a chapter of the book every day and posting to his YouTube Channel and and on PopJam where he has over 70,000 followers.

‘Alienated’ is published by Awesome Reads in the UK and RandomHouse in Germany. Translation rights are repped by Sarah Pakenham at ScallyWag Press.

 

AWESOME & Two Rivers Media to Present ‘THE SMALL HAND’ at C21 Content London

SUSAN HILL’S THE SMALL HAND: A GHOST STORY to be featured as a “Hot Property” at C21 Content London

London, UK– At Content London, the world’s most important drama summit, Kew Media Group backed companies Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. and Two Rivers Media will present their new feature drama, ‘Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story’ to the international drama community.

Executive Producers Jeff Norton and Alan Clements will showcase the project on 4th December, 2019 at 3 pm in Hall 2 at Kings Place.

The feature drama was commissioned by Viacom’s Channel 5 in the UK. Kew Media Distribution is handling international rights. The project features Douglass Henshall in the lead role of Adam Snow. It was written by Barbara Machin, produced by Jane Steventon, and directed by Justin Molotnikov.

The project is a co-production between Awesome and Two Rivers Media in association with Screen Scotland.

Awesome options novel from police detective turned best-selling crime author Caroline Mitchell

Company to develop the first book in the DI Amy Winter series,  TRUTH AND LIES, for television

London, UK– At Capital Crime, London’s festival of crime writing, Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome) announces that it has optioned the media rights to crime-thriller TRUTH AND LIES, by New York Times best-selling author, and former police detective, Caroline Mitchell.

Published in 2018 by Thomas & Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, TRUTH AND LIES is the first installment in the DI Amy Winterthriller series. Author Caroline Mitchell has published 11 crime thrillers in total and all her books have become no. 1 bestsellers in their categories with over a million copies sold.

TRUTH AND LIES follows London Met detective, 33-year-old Amy Winter, who is the daughter of a husband-and-wife serial killer team imprisoned for a string of heinous killings years ago. When a teenage girl goes missing, Amy is forced to reconnect with her incarcerated mother Lillian in order to prevent another murder. She soon becomes entangled in her mother’s psychopathic game and must confront her own dark past in a race against the clock.

Since taking investment from Kew Media Group in 2018, Awesome has been focusing on high-end book-to-screen adaptations and is currently in production on the adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel THE SMALL HAND: A GHOST STORY starring Douglas Henshall for Channel 5 with its co-production partner, Two Rivers Media.

Speaking at Capital Crime, author Caroline Mitchell says: “I am thrilled that Awesome Media & Entertainment have optioned Truth And Lies for TV. Having met Jeff Norton and the team, I know my book could not be in better hands.  I am very excited to see what the future brings.”

Executive Producer Jeff Norton says: “In Amy Winter, Caroline Mitchell has crafted a compelling character that leaps off the page and demands to be brought to the screen. It’s an honour to be trusted by such a gifted author to develop her work for British television.”

Rights were acquired from Hayley Steed at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

Cast Announced for adaptation of Susan Hill’s THE SMALL HAND

Douglas Henshall, Neve McIntosh and Louise Lombard to lead stellar cast in the feature drama adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Storyfor Channel 5

Justin Molotnikov directs the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since 2012’s blockbuster feature film The Woman In Black

10thSeptember, 2019

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND 9THSeptember, 2019 – Production companies Awesome Media & Entertainment and Two Rivers Mediaannounced start of production in Glasgow on the adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand: A Ghost Story. 

Douglas Henshall(Shetland, Outlander) stars as Adam Snow, an antique book dealer who finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy. As Adam investigates the strange occurrences, he suffers nightmares as he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the ghost, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his own childhood.

Justin Molotnikov, whose credits include: Doctor Whofor the BBC One; Stan Lee’s Lucky Manfor Sky; and Merlin and Atlantis, both BBC One, directs from a script by BAFTA winner Barbara Machin, who is best known as the creator of WakingThe Dead(BBC One).

Douglas Henshall says: “I’m absolutely delighted to join the cast of The Small Hand.  Barbara Machin has written a brilliant script based on Susan Hill’s haunting, seminal novel.  The combination of filming in my hometown of Glasgow and the strength of the material make this project a true highlight.”

This is the first adaptation of a Susan Hill book since her iconic ghost story, The Woman In Black, was adapted into a blockbuster feature film in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe. The stage adaption of that title continues to run in the West End.

Jeff Norton, Founder of Awesome Media & Entertainment says: “At Awesome, we focus on bringing brilliant books to the screen with best-in-class partners. This incredible cast showcases the strength of pairing great literature with strong screenwriting. It’s an honour to bring this gripping story to the screen.”

Alan Clements, Managing Director of Two Rivers Mediasays “I couldn’t be prouder to start production in Glasgow with hometown star Douglas Henshall under the direction of incredible Scottish director Justin Molotnikov. This project demonstrates the strength of talent we have in Scotland and Two Rivers Media is perfectly placed to bring this talent to the world.”

Sebastian Cardwell, Commissioning Editor for Channel 5, says: “Take Susan Hill’s novel, Barbara Machin’s script and a talented UK cast and you have all the ingredients for a terrific ghost story.”

Commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell, Susan Hill’sThe Small Hand:(w/t, 1x 120’) is a co-production between Alan Clements’ new Glasgow-based indie Two Rivers Mediaand Jeff Norton’s IP and production company Awesome Media & Entertainment, both backed by Kew Media Group, and receives major support from Screen Scotland. Kew Media Distributionis handling worldwide sales and will showcase the project at MIPCOM in Cannes in October under the title Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story.

Filming commences today in Glasgow.

AWESOME LAUNCHES GRAPHIC NOVEL STUDIO

First Title, RETROGRADE, Debuts at San Diego Comic Con

New Titles to be Developed for the Screen

San Diego, CA – July 16th, 2019:Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd. (Awesome), the IP and production company founded by writer-producer Jeff Norton, is launching a new graphic novel studio after the successful launch of its fiction publishing imprint Awesome Reads in 2018. Prolific comic book writer Richard Dinnick joins as Publisher. 

Awesome Reads will develop high-concept, character-driven comics for a broad, adult readership which will also be developed for the screen. The studio will launch with Retrograde,a post-apocalyptic love story about the survivors of a retro-virus that has dialled back the evolutionary clock on most of the planet’s DNA. Retrogradeis written by Richard Dinnick (Doctor WhoLost In Space), with art by Pasquale Qualano, colors by Charlie Kirchoff, and lettering by Comicraft’s Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt. 

Retrogradelaunches today with a SDCC exclusive. It will be followed in December by #Guardian, written by Erika Lewis, a modern western about a former CIA agent named Sera Renteria who becomes a self-fashioned vigilante who responds to cries for help over social media.

Titles for 2020 include Brexodus, a political thriller set in an alternative modern-day Britain as it attempts to secede from the Roman Empire, and Cortex, a high-tech mystery about hacking human memory to solve crimes.

Publisher and writer Richard Dinnick says: “I’m thrilled to bring Awesome Reads into the realm of graphic novels as we’re truly in a golden age of graphic storytelling and Awesome has incredibly creative content to delight readers around the world.”

Founder of Awesome, Jeff Norton adds: “The graphic novel studio completes the creative circle we’ve been building: from book to screen and back again. We are thrilled to be on the ground floor with top talent and we’ll be partnering with best-in-class production partners to develop these visually arresting stories for the screen.”

This initiative comes on the heels of Awesome’s development of its Dino Knightsnovel for television with OmniFilm Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company into a live-action show Knigths Of Panterrawith showrunner Simon Barry.

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

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