Shaftesbury produces drama

CANNES — Deals of all sorts and sizes continued to surface during the third day of wheeling and dealing on the Cannes Croisette.

Among the agreements that have been signed in the past few hours:

  • Britain’s Granada has picked up a drama project called “The Murdoch Mysteries” from Canadian producer Shaftesbury Films.

    Deal was unveiled in Cannes by Granada distribution topper Nadine Nohr and Shaftesbury chairman-CEO Christina Jennings.

    The series, which will go into production shortly, is based on the trilogy of TV movies (also produced by Shaftesbury and distributed by Granada), starring Peter Outerbridge and Keeley Hawes and based on the novels of Maureen Jennings.

    The new series will be produced for Chum in Canada and UKTV in the UK.

  • Ireland’s Channel Six has acquired a package of comedies from the BBC including “Big Train,” “The Royle Family” and “That Mitchell and Webb Look.” The shows will join the station’s fall lineup in September.

  • Kids’ book franchise “Geromino Stilton” — about the adventures of an intellectual mouse in the big city — will be brought to the smallscreen via a deal among Italian producer Atlantyca, Canada’s 9 Story and France’s MoonScoop. The three will split international distribution rights and bring the project to next fall’s Mipcom.

  • France’s CALT International has licensed the broadcast rights to the first two seasons of the humorous French series “Kaamelott” to Poland’s ATM. Dubbing permitting, the series will air in September on Polish commercial channel TV4.

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