Shortlists announced for 2018 CAMEO Awards - Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality Awards

  • London Book & Screen Week 2018 Ambassador Jojo Moyes, who was shortlisted in 2017, will be a special guest speaker at the 2018 CAMEO awards
  • The winners will be announced on Monday 9 April in a ceremony at the Electric Cinema, Notting Hill, to coincide with the launch of the 2018 London Book & Screen Week (9-15 April)

Fifteen outstanding shortlistees are announced today in the second annual Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality Awards (CAMEOs). Celebrating books at the heart of the creative industries, the awards recognise the best adaptations across TV,  film, stage and game, including the new category for book to audio.


Ethel & Ernest
Book original by Raymond Briggs (Jonathan Cape)
Adapted by Lupus Films

Book original by Saroo Brierley (As A Long Way Home, Penguin Books)
Adapted by See-Saw Films

Sense of an Ending
Book original by Julian Barnes (Vintage)
Adapted by Origin Pictures


Bad Dad
Book original by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
Adapted by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

The Hanging Tree
Book original by Ben Aaranovitch (Hachette)
Adapted by Orion

Murder on the Orient Express
Book original by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
Adapted by Audible Studios


Around the World in 80 Days
Book original by Jules Verne (first publication by Pierre-Jules Hetzel)
Adapted by Eighty Days Productions

Gangsta Granny
Book original by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Adapted by Neal Foster and the Birimingham Stage Company

Witness for the Prosecution
Book original by Agatha Christie (first publication by Odhams Press)
Adapted by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions

(inclusive of apps and entertainment)

Aliens Love Underpants
Book original by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster)
Adapted by Tiger Aspect and Sky Kids

Astro’s Cat Solar System
Book original by Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman (Flying Eye Books)
Adapted by MiniLab Studios

Room on the Broom
Book original by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer (Macmillan Children's Books)
Adapted by Magic Light Pictures


Cuckoos Calling
Book original by Robert Galbraith (Sphere Books)
Adapted by Bronte Film & TV

Hank Zipzer
Book original by Henry Winkley and Lin Oliver (Walker Books)
Adapted by Kindle Entertainment

The Miniaturist
Book original by Jessie Burton (Picador)
Adapted by the Forge

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, says:
'We are delighted to announce such diverse shortlists in our second year, creations which wonderfully demonstrate the incredible impact of books across our creative industries. We look forward to kicking off the 2018 London Book & Screen Week in style by honouring our shortlistees and announcing our winners  at the awards ceremony in April.'

 In a world where stories are being consumed in so many different forms, the CAMEOs recognise the adaptations that have made the most impact in the last calendar year. Judges base their decisions on criteria including, but not limited to: box office sales; review coverage; critiaL acclaim; social media profile; industry prize nominations and more.

Expert judges from all sectors of the entertainment industry deliberated across each of  the categories.  2018 judges include Videl Bar Kar, Julian Friedmann, Hannah Griffiths, Eric Huang, John Lomas-Bullivant, Charlotte Longstaff, Helen MacAleer (chair), Jessica Maslen, Billy McQueen, Terri Paddock, Sophie Rochester, Douglas Schatz and Hayley Steed.

The CAMEO Awards mark the start of this year’s London Book & Screen Week (9 - 15 April 2018), kickstarting the seven day series of events celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.

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Notes to editors


The London Book Fair (LBF) is  the global marketplace for  rights negotiation and the sale and distribution   of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring  in  the  world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it  is  a  unique opportunity to  explore, understand and  capitalise  on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2018, will take place from Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th April, at Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for  the fourth year,  with the book fair as  the pivotal three day event within a five day programme.    @LondonBookFair


London Book & Screen Week is a seven day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV  programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. Produced by The London Book Fair  (see  above),  the  landmark event series brings storytelling and the written word to life, uniting the capital’s  avid  readers, writers, game, film and TV  fans with a  diverse range of  events taking place across literary London. Now in  its fourth   year, the event continues to grow in scale and impact.     @LBandSW


The Publishers Association (the PA) represents book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK, spanning fiction and non-fiction, academic and educational publishing. Our members include global companies such as Elsevier, Wiley, Pearson, Penguin Random House, Hachette and the University presses, as well as many independent publishing houses.     @PublishersAssoc