British author and producer Jeff Norton’s fantasy thriller project “Woodland” has won the Visionary Award at Rome’s Mia market for TV series, movies, documentaries and video games, which wrapped its third edition this week on a positive note.
Inspired by ancient Welsh folklore, “Woodland” is being co-produced by Norton’s London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment and Cardiff-based Fiction Factory Films, with the support of Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. The show is in both English and Welsh. Ed Thomas (“Hinterland”) is attached as executive producer.
The six-part series revolves around Andrew Rhion, the estranged son of a Tolkien-like literary icon whose life is thrown into turmoil when the boy is abducted into the fantasy world created by the famous author, according to promotional materials.
At Mipcom earlier this month, Canada’s Kew Media Group announced that they had signed a letter of intent to acquire a stake in Awesome Media & Entertainment, which has been expanding into optioning third-party IP after being originally set up to develop Norton’s original novels, such as “MetaWars,” for film and TV.
Awesome Media first pitched “Woodland” to prospective international partners at Mia. In all, 45 TV projects were selected for the post-Mipcom Rome co-production market, which is boasting more than 1,800 attendees this year, including execs from from HBO, AMC Networks, Amazon Studios, and Italy’s Rai Fiction.
Mia director Lucia Milazzotto in a statement called this year’s market “vibrant,” noting that “the number of meetings and deals was well beyond expectations.” The four-day new concept market ran October 19-23.
Though major deals out of Mia have yet to surface, Italy’s Rai Com announced a partnership with French distributor Dean Medias for the event distribution of Italian operas in cinemas across France, starting with a live performance of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which will be staged in Rome’s ancient Terme di Caracalla baths in December.