Books to broadcast: Curtis Brown’s Nick Marston and founder Terri Paddock join judging panel for inaugural CAMEO awards

·         London Book & Screen Week ambassador David Nicholls to present awards

·         Film industry veteran Greg Silverman in conversation at Soho ceremony

Curtis Brown’s Nick Marston and founder Terri Paddock will join a cross-section of creative industry professionals including digital film makers, literary editors and theatre programmers on the judging panel for the inaugural CAMEO awards.

The Creativity Across Media: Entertainment  & Originality Awards (CAMEO) are a collaboration between London Book & Screen Week and the Publishers Association to recognize the integral role books play within the creative industries as an inspiration for plays, films, TV and games.

With the creative industries now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy, it will be a chance to recognise some of the most exciting contributions from individuals across the sector, from authors to directors, agents, publishers and producers.

In a world where storytelling is consumed in so many media forms, the CAMEOs will honour adaptations that have made the most impact in the last calendar year, across four main categories: Book to Film Award; Book to Game Award (inclusive of apps and entertainment); Book to Stage Award, and Book to TV Award.

The full list of judges, who are due to meet in the last week of February, is:


Book to Film

·         Julian Friedman is co-owner of the Blake Friedmann literary agency which represents 200 book and script writers worldwide

·         Nick Marston is Chairman, Film, Theatre and TV at Curtis Brown Group. He specialises in writers and directors for theatre, film and television as well as literary material for screen

·         Arifa Akbar is a critic, reviewer and deputy editor of Wasafiri Magazine

·         Katrien Roos is an Associate at law firm Harbottle & Lewis, specialising in film, television and theatre industries


Book to TV

·         John Lomas-Bullivant is the intellectual property and brand development director at Bloomsbury

·         Sharmaine Lovegrove is the literary editor of ELLE and Co-Founder of Dialogue Scouting, with a background in film production, literary publishing, and public relations

·         Alice Ryan is brand insight manager at BBC Worldwide


Book to Stage

·         Douglas Schatz is acting managing director of the theatre bookseller Samuel French

·         Charlotte Longstaff is the Head of London Programming at Ambassador Theatre Group

·         Terri Paddock is the founder of and the WhatsOnStage Awards, and a long-standing theatre champion


Book to Game

·         Alison Norrington is a writer and producer, and the CEO, founder and chief creative director of London-based entertainment studio storycentral

·         Liz Rosenthal is the CEO & founder of Power to the Pixel, which supports the film and media industries in their transition to a digital age

·         Sharna Jackson is a Webby Award-winning, triple-BAFTA-nominated strategist and content creator working across culture, learning and entertainment


The CAMEO Awards will coincide with this year’s London Book & Screen Week (13-19 March 2017), kick-starting the seven day series of events celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.

David Nicholls, one of the UK’s leading figures in literature, TV and film, is the ambassador for the week. He will present the CAMEOs at the awards ceremony at Soho House on 13 March 2017.

Nicholls will be joined on the night by the film industry veteran Greg Silverman, who is currently transitioning from being President of Warner Bros. Pictures to serving as Founder and CEO of Stampede Ventures, a joint venture between Silverman and Warner Brothers to produce Film Television and Digital Content. During his tenure at Warner Bros., Silverman oversaw some of the most popular and profitable movies, including The Dark Knight trilogy, The Hangover trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar.

“We are delighted to have secured such a fine panel of judges for our inaugural CAMEO Award. Its diversity reflects the diversity of the awards, which recognise the range and depth of talent across the creative sector. The CAMEOs – with the book firmly at the heart – identify the inspiring individuals who play their part in creating some of the UK’s most successful film, games, TV and stage adaptations.”
— Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week

Shortlists will be announced in early March with the winner being announced at a special ceremony held in Soho House on Monday, 13th March 2017.

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