The power of the book takes centre stage with launch of CAMEO Awards

London Book & Screen Week has launched the Creativity Across Media: Entertainment and Originality Awards (CAMEOs) in the US at BookExpo America. The awards, which have been running in the UK for three years, will be open for entries in September 2018.

Richard K. Morgan author of Altered Carbon was on hand to launch the CAMEOs in the US which celebrate the power of books at the heart of the creative industries. The awards celebrate books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire. With the creative industries worth £84 million to the UK economy, and US $2,250 billion to the US economy per year, these awards are a chance to recognise some of the most exciting contributions from individuals across the sector, from authors to directors, agents, publishers and producers.

Entries are open to any producer, studio, games company or organisation in the US who has successfully transformed UK-originated book into another format. Judges will be looking for demonstration of both quality and success from entries, including, but not limited to: box office ticket sales; reviews; press coverage; critical acclaim; social media profile; peer-to-peer recommendation, and industry prize nominations.

In a world where stories are being consumed in so many different forms, the CAMEOs will honour the adaptations that have made the most impact in the last calendar year, across five categories:

•Book to Film Award
•Book to Game Award
•Book to Stage Award
•Book to TV Award
•Book to Audio Award

Richard K Morgan, author, said: Prose fiction writing has been my driving passion for as long as I can remember, and my day-job for some sixteen years now – but at every turn my career has been leveraged and enhanced by cross-media collaboration; over the years my novels or their IP have been optioned variously for feature film, TV, comic-book and video gaming, and I’ve been invited by generous collaborators to cut teeth of my own in all those arenas along the way. It gives me great pleasure, then, to be present at the launch of an award which salutes that same cross-media creativity, and celebrates the primacy of the novel at its beating heart. The CAMEOs are both prescient and culturally indispensable to our times.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week, said: We are delighted to launch the CAMEO Awards in the US. We couldn’t have a better person to help us launch these awards than Richard K Morgan who exemplifies the spirit of the Award. Indeed so many of this year’s big success stories have derived from book adaptations, showing the continued value of books throughout the entertainment industry. CAMEOs – with the book firmly at the heart – will identify the inspiring storytellers who bring to life the most innovative, creative and successful film, games, TV, stage and audio adaptations.

Expert judges from all sectors of the entertainment industry will deliberate across each of the categories.

Shortlists will be announced in Spring 2019. The CAMEO Awards shortlist will be celebrated during London Book & Screen Week kick-starting the seven day series of events celebrating books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire.

Submissions will open in September. For further information, please see here.

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