Kew-backed prodco Awesome enters production on first drama

Kew Media Distribution will begin shopping the two-hour ghost story, The Small Hand, at MIPCOM next month.

Jeff NortonKew Media-backed production company Awesome Media & Entertainment is expanding into drama with its latest project, The Small Hand: A Ghost Story.

U.K.-based Awesome has partnered with Scotland’s Two Rivers Media, also backed by Kew, on the two-hour ghost story, which is based on a novel by U.K. author Susan Hill.

Production is underway in Glasgow on the project for British network Channel 5. The Viacom-owned company unveiled The Small Hand: A Ghost Story as part of a slate of new original projects as it pushes further into scripted content.

The project stars Douglas Henshall (Shetland, Outlander) as an antique book dealer who finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy.

Kew Media acquired an undisclosed stake in Awesome Media, headed up by Jeff Norton (pictured) in fall 2017, while Kew founder and chairman Peter Sussman had been a member of its board since 2015. Earlier this year, Kew invested in Two Rivers, which is headed up by veteran TV exec Alan Clements.

The Toronto-headquartered media company will launch international sales on the project next month at MIPCOM.