Canadian studio Kew Media Group has acquired a stake in London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment. The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, comes as Awesome continues to build its creative development and scripted ambitions globally.
Awesome was originally founded by author Jeff Norton around the rights to his novels, and the company has since expanded into developing original material for TV and optioning third-party IP. In September, Awesome partnered with Welsh studio Cloth Cat Animation (Boj, Luo Bao Bei) on a TV adaptation of Stomp School, Norton’s debut picture book. First published in August by Little Tiger Press imprint Caterpillar Books, the series follows the creative adventures of a little kaiju (Japanese giant monster) named Rikki on his first day of school. The deal for the animated preschool series was brokered by Industry Media.
Additionally, Vancouver-based OmniFilm is adapting Norton’s upcoming book Dino Knights into the adventure series Knights of Panterra. The story follows a team of teenage knights riding on the backs of dinosaurs. And in 2016, Awesome announced plans to turn Norton’s hit Princess Ponies book franchise (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) into a TV property.
Last year, Awesome announced it would continue to expand its slate of kids and family projects with a move into primetime drama. Current projects include Woodland, the police procedural Cortex, and Expat, a contemporary drama in development with Monumental Television.
Kew Media Group companies develop, produce and distribute more than 1,000 hours of content every year. Companies in the Kew family include 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, as well as distribution companies Content Media Corporation and TCB Media Rights.