Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Bookseller Children's Conference, 24 September, London

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Good morning Colleague,
The expansion of the media landscape is bringing exciting new opportunities, which will be teased out by Jeff Norton, head of Awesome Media & Entertainment company with the help of an agent, producer and publisher. He will chair a panel discussion about what is the right approach to channel the emerging trends across film, TV and other formats. Joining him will be Lisa Edwards, head of children’s publishing at Kings Road Publishing, Rebecca Watson, agent of Valerie Hoskins Associates as well as Melanie Stokes, joint m.d. of Kindle Entertainment (Lionsgate).
Jeff’s London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment company was founded originally around the rights in Norton’s books, it has increased into developing original material for television and optioning third party intellectual property. In the session he will explore if publishers should be more involved in production and whether producers should be more engaged in the publication process, and how greater collaboration can bring stories to more people across multiple platforms.
Jeff Norton
Author, Writer-producer, and Founder of Awesome
Jeff is the author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars (Orchard), the comedic Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie (Faber), and the upcoming picture book Stomp School (Little Tiger Press). He’s also the creator and co-writer of the best-selling Princess Ponies series (Bloomsbury). As a filmmaker, Jeff has written and directed short films and music videos, and is developing a slate of high-concept TV drama projects.

Lisa Edwards
Head of Children’s Publishing, Kings Road Publishing
Lisa has worked in the children’s book industry for twenty-three years and in that time, she has managed the publishing and licensed activity of some of its biggest properties, including Horrible Histories, His Dark Materials and The Hunger Games. Lisa currently heads up the publishing of the Templar Books, Big Picture Press and Studio Press imprints, working with licensors such as Disney and Beano, and overseeing the tie-in publishing for Jonny Duddle’s Gigantosaurus (Cybergroup Studios), which will broadcast on Disney Junior in 2019.

Melanie Stokes
Co-founder and joint Managing Director, Kindle Entertainment
Melanie is currently exec-producing Kiss Me First with Bryan Elsley (Skins) for Channel 4 and Netflix. Currently filming in Ireland is the company’s first feature film Four Kids and It based on Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling book, with Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Paula Patton and Matthew Goode. Melanie has also exec-produced Dustbin Baby, an International Emmy-winning drama for BBC One, Some Dogs Bite and mini-series, Treasure Island.

Rebecca Watson
Agent, Valerie Hoskins Associates
Rebecca speaks three different languages and is fluent in giving writers a voice. A problem solver who loves a good puzzle, she brings great ideas to life in film, television and animation by finding new and creative ways of making things happen. She also reads the credits, very closely, and remembers them, of course.

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Veteran literary agent and "godfather of the industry" Michael Sissons has died aged 83.
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Mike Parker
William Heinemann has acquired On the Red Hill by Mike Parker, a memoir on "love, acceptance, finding home and the redemptive power of nature".
Lee Child
Lee Child is showcasing his archive, containing early drafts, manuscripts and correspondence relating to the Jack Reacher series, at the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at the University of East Anglia.


Hannah Foley
Freelance illustrator and former nurse Hannah Foley has won this year’s Kelpies Prize for her story, The Lost Wizard of Nine Witches Wood.
John Sargent
Macmillan c.e.o. John Sargent will be taking part in this year’s ‘CEO Talk’ at Frankfurt Book Fair.
A group of Amazon employees in the US is being paid to promote the company on Twitter.
HarperNonFiction has acquired Challenge Accepted!, a "part-memoir, part-comedy routine, part-advice manual" by actor, writer, comedian Celeste Barber.

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