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.”

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 🙂