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23 Oct 2017

KEW MEDIA GROUP ACQUIRES STAKE IN AWESOME MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

KEW MEDIA GROUP (KEW) today announces it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire a stake in Jeff Norton’s London (UK) based Awesome Media & Entertainment (‘Awesome’), further expanding KEW’s position as a leading independent creative group in the entertainment industry.

Originally founded around the rights in award-winning author Jeff Norton’s novels, Awesome has since moved into developing original material for television and optioning 3rd party IP. This new collaboration with KEW is part of Awesome’s continued strategy to build its creative development and scripted ambitions globally.

Last year, Awesome announced it would be expanding its slate of kids and family projects with a move into primetime drama. Current original projects with soon to be announced producer and buyer participations include 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 Expat, a contemporary drama in development with Monumental Television.

On the kids and family slate, Awesome recently announced the co-development of Stomp School with Cloth Cat Animation, based on Jeff Norton and Leo Antolini’s debut picture book. In addition, Vancouver-based OmniFilm is adapting Norton’s upcoming book, Dino Knights, about a team of teenage knights riding on the backs of dinosaurs, as Knights of Panterra.

KEW MEDIA GROUP’s Founder and CEO Steven Silver said, “Jeff (Norton) is an amazing talent. Under the Awesome banner, he has generated the most extraordinary slate of content and we are thrilled he chose KEW as his partner.”

Jeff Norton added, “This partnership with KEW gives Awesome the resources to scale up into a world-class, creatively-driven IP and production company. I’m looking forward to continuing my obsession with creating and developing the world’s most impactful scripted stories and bringing them to the global campfire that is modern television.”

KEW MEDIA GROUP is a public company listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), with great sponsorship and deep industry experience and expertise. KEW expects to continue to be a preferred acquirer, providing target companies with access to capital and scale with which to grow their talent management, production and distribution capabilities.

 

About Awesome Media & Entertainment Ltd.

Awesome Media & Entertainment (‘Awesome’) is a global creative incubator and above-the-line production company dedicated to the creation of compelling characters, engaging stories, and immersive worlds. Founded by award-winning author and writer-producer Jeff Norton, Awesome holds the rights to over 30 novels and develops and co-produces adaptations ranging from pre-school to primetime.

On the web at:  www.awesomemediaent.com

On twitter as: @awesomemediaent

 

About Jeff Norton

Jeff Norton is an author, television writer, and executive producer. His original screenplay Expat is with Monumental Television. Jeff is the author of the award-winning MetaWars novels (Hachette), the laugh-out-loud Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie books (Faber & Faber), and the upcoming Victorian revenge thriller Looking Glass. He is also the co-author of thriller Keeping The Beat (KCP Loft) and the creator 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 to 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. 

On the web at:  www.jeffnorton.com 

On twitter as: @thejeffnorton

 

About KEW MEDIA GROUP INC. 

KEW MEDIA GROUP is a leading publicly-listed content company that produces and distributes multi-genre content worldwide. Companies included in the KEW family are the production companies: Aito Media, Architect Films, Bristow Global Media, Campfire Film & Television, Collins Avenue Productions, Frantic Films, Jigsaw Productions, Media Headquarters, Our House Media and Spirit Digital Media; and the distribution companies: Content Media Corporation (now re-branded KEW MEDIA) and TCB Media Rights.

With primary offices in London, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, the KEW MEDIA GROUP companies develop, produce and distribute more than 1,000 hours of content every year, as well as distribute a library of more than 10,000 hours, to almost every available viewing platform internationally. KEW aspires to offer great content from all over the world to viewers of all ages and tastes. We promote transparency, equality, respect, and inclusiveness and plan to grow with the benefit of people from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com