Shortlists Announced for 2018 CAMEO 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.

Book to Audio Award (NEW)

  • Bad Dad – book original by David Walliams (HarperCollins). Adapted by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • The Hanging Tree – Book original by Ben Aaranovitch (The Orion Publishing Group). Adapted by Orion.
  • Murder on the Orient Express – Book original by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins). Adapted by Audible Studios.

Book to Film Award

  • Ethel & Ernest – Book original by Raymond Briggs (Jonathan Cape). Adapted by Lupus Films
  • Lion – 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.

Book to Game Award (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 Cat’s 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.

Book to Stage Award

  • 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 Birmingham 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.

Book to TV Award

  • 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; critical 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), kick-  starting the seven day series of events celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.

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