Monday 16th November 2020: The Kissing Booth 2 has scooped two of the screen entertainment industry’s biggest awards. The Komixx Entertainment-produced movie has been named ‘The Comedy Movie of 2020’ and lead star Joey King ‘The Comedy Movie Star of 2020’ at the E! People’s Choice Awards.
Announced yesterday (Sunday) live on the US cable channel, the awards recognised artists across music, movies, TV and pop culture, as well as stars of sport, social media, comedians and beauty influencers. They are the only awards voted on entirely by viewers, with fans casting over one BILLION votes to decide the best of the best for 2020.
The Kissing Booth 2 was The People’s Choice Comedy Movie of 2020 in a category that also nominated: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Like A Boss, The King of Staten Island, The Lovebirds, The Wrong Missy, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and Bill & Ted Face the Music.
And capping a memorable night for Komixx Entertainment, Netflix and The Kissing Booth 2, Joey King scooped a second trophy for her portrayal of lead character Ellie Evans as The Comedy Movie Star of 2020. Also nominated were: David Spade, The Wrong Missy; Issa Rae, The Lovebirds; Keanu Reeves, Bill & Ted Face the Music; Noah Centineo, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You; Pete Davidson, The King of Staten Island; Salma Hayek, Like a Boss and Will Ferrell, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Accepting her award, Joey King said: “When I got nominated I never thought I would win, given I’m nominated with some incredible people. The fact our movie and my character brought some laughter to everybody at home during this difficult year makes me smile and feel so good and happy. Thank you for loving this character as much as I do – it means so much.”
Ed Glauser, Komixx Group CEO, said: “Thank you to everyone who voted for The Kissing Booth 2 and for Joey. We’re in awe of the love that our fans show for Elle, Noah and Lee. The Kissing Booth has wowed Netflix audiences worldwide and everyone who has worked so hard on these films totally deserve to scoop the biggest awards in the business.”
With a third instalment of The Kissing Booth, filmed in secret alongside the second movie in 2019 and now being prepared for release, Komixx Entertainment and Netflix are sure to have another hit already in their hands. During her acceptance speech Joey King revealed The Kissing Booth 3 is to be released on Netflix in the summer of 2021, saying: “I wish it were tomorrow.”
Other winners of the E! People’s Choice Awards included Will Smith (Male Movie Star for Bad Boys for Life), Tiffany Haddish (Female movie star for Like A Boss), Justin Bieber (Male Music Artist) and Ariana Grande (Female Music Artist). Other notable stars who were nominated this year included music stars like Meghan Thee Stallion, Cardi B and The Weeknd, TV stars like Cole Sprouse, Ellen Pompeo, Dan Levy and Issa Rae and movie stars like Charlize Theron and Noah Centineo.
Described as a ‘juggernaut franchise’ The Kissing Booth 2 was one of the biggest successes for Netflix in 2020 with more than 66 MILLION households worldwide watching in the first 28 days of release, heading the Netflix top 10 film charts in markets worldwide. It also triggered huge interest in the first instalment of The Kissing Booth, lifting it back into the film charts some two years after first wowing audiences in 2018.
Netflix has previously reported The Kissing Booth as one of its most re-watched original films. Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has described it as “one of the most-watched movies in the USA, and maybe in the world”.
The movies are all based on the series of The Kissing Booth books, written by young Welsh author Beth Reekles. The third novel, tied-in to the third movie, will also be released in 2021.
The movies were all directed by Vince Marcello, who also wrote the screenplay with Jay Arnold. Producers of The Kissing Booth 3 are once again Marcello, Michele Weisler, Ed Glauser and Andrew Cole-Bulgin. Joey King executive produced with Adam Friedlander.
Komixx Entertainment is currently developing a range of pre-school, children’s, young-adult, and family entertainment.
ABOUT KOMIXX ENTERTAINMENT
Established in 2007, Komixx Entertainment is an independent film and TV production company that holds a significant portfolio of original and adapted rights. Headquartered in London, expansion has since seen Komixx establish offices in Los Angeles, USA, and Perth, in Western Australia.
The Komixx Media Group acquires, develops, and produces feature films, TV series and other multi-media content for kids to young-adult audiences with fast evolving tastes and preferences. Komixx uses trend analysis, evaluation of social and behavioural patterns and in-depth audience research to ensure that each production is developed with creativity at its heart, while being wrapped in a strong commercial and financial strategy.
Working both with original ideas and book adaptations, Komixx brings to screen imaginative, character-driven stories and creative concepts with an enduring, global audience appeal.