Sussman also becomes shareholder in AWESOME
AWESOME expands by adding prime-time drama to its kids and family slate
London, U.K., 28 January 2016: London based Awesome Media & Entertainment, the company founded by Canadian-born creator, author and screenwriter Jeff Norton, is extending its global presence with the appointment of media veteran Peter Sussman as Board Director.
Awesome is also expanding its slate of projects with a move into prime-time drama in addition to its kids and family projects.
Peter brings a wealth of experience to his role at Awesome. He was co-controlling voting shareholder of Alliance Atlantis and CEO of its Entertainment Group. Subsequently, Peter was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aver Media and today holds investments in a number of entertainment companies. Peter will work with Jeff to help drive Awesome’s growth.
Best known as a creative incubator that has generated successful book properties (including the best-selling Princess Ponies franchise, which has sold over 400,000 copies across eight titles, spurring Bloomsbury Children’s Books to publish four new titles in 2017), Awesome recently moved into children’s TV production on various projects with DHX Media, Corus Entertainment, Buccaneer Media, and Amazon.
Awesome is now moving into the drama space, developing a slate of original, prime-time series including: Woodland, about the search for the missing grandson of a Tolkien-like literary icon; Cortex, a high-tech police procedural about human memory hacking, and Blue Birds based on the upcoming novel by Sidonie A. Kingsmill. The company also has several new television productions and publishing deals in negotiation that will be announced imminently.
Jeff says: “With Peter joining Awesome, we’re ready to super-charge our creative appetite, creating big, ambitious shows for global audiences. Peter’s experience will help us to grow both creatively – particularly in the drama space – and geographically as we also give more focus to our Toronto and Los Angeles activities.”
Jeff added: “Our vision for Awesome is to create content that lives at the intersection of book and screen. We tell stories steeped in character and wrapped in big ideas.”