Little Women, His Dark Materials and Queenie Announced on Shortlist for 2020 CAMEO Awards

The winners will be announced Monday 9 March 2020 in a ceremony at White City House, to launch the 2020 London Book & Screen Week festival.

Event to include a special appearance from London Book & Screen Week Ambassador and Queen of Crime Drama Lynda La Plante

Twelve outstanding shortlistees have been announced today for the fourth 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 audio and this year’s shortlist includes adaptations ranging from nineteenth century classic novels to Philip Pullman’s famed fantasy series.

Little Women
Book original by Louisa May Alcott Directed by: Greta Gerwig Screenplay: Greta Gerwig
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Book original by Cressida Cowell (Hodder Children’s Books) Directed by: Dean DeBlois Screenplay: Dean DeBlois
Book original by Matthew Holness Directed by: Matthew Holness Screenplay: Matthew Holness  
Life of Pi
Book original by Yann Martel (Canongate) Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti for Wyndham’s Theatre
Small Island
Book original by Andrea Levy (Tinder Press) Adapted by Helen Edmundson for National Theatre
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Book original by C. S. Lewis (HarperCollins Children’s Books) Adapted by Sally Cookson  
Elizabeth is Missing
Book original by Emma Healey (Penguin) Adapted by Andrea Gibb
Good Omens
Book original by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Corgi) Adapted by Neil Gaiman
His Dark Materials
Book original by Philip Pullman (Scholastic) Adapted by Jack Thorne  
My Sister The Serial Killer 
Book original by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Atlantic) Adapted by Avid Audio  
Norse Mythology
Book original by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury) Adapted by Penguin Random House
Book original by Candice Carty-Williams (Trapeze) Adapted by Orion  

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, said:

“We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist for the CAMEO Awards, the quality of which shows us what an enormously exciting time it is for collaboration within the creative industries. Across films, TV programmes, theatre productions and audio books, the scope and variety of our shortlistees demonstrates the true richness within books as a source material for other mediums, as well as the ingenuity of the story-tellers adapting them.”

In a world where stories are being consumed in so many different forms, the CAMEOs showcase the significant contribution books play within the wider creative industries, recognising 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. This year’s judges, chaired by Helen Macaleer, are: Philippa Donovan (Smart Quill), Philippa Milnes Smith (Soho Agency), Katrien Roos (Harbottle and Lewis), John Lomas (Bullivant/Kickback Media), Hayley Steed (Madeleine Milburn Agency), Colin Williams (Sixteen South), Videl Bar Kar (Bookwire), Jessica Maslen (Blair Partnership), Tamsin Collison, Julia Posen, Charlotte Longstaff (Ambassador Group), Rina Gill (RGM Productions).

The ceremony on 9th March will include an appearance from Queen of Crime Drama and London Book & Screen Week Ambassador Lynda La Plante, who is the international bestselling author of over 30 novels and BAFTA-winning scriptwriter behind shows include Prime Suspect and Widows.

The CAMEO Awards mark the start of this year’s London Book & Screen Week (9-15 March 2020), 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 2020 will take place from 10th-12th March at Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for its sixth year, with the book fair as the pivotal three-day event anchoring a seven-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 sixth 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.

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