CANNES– Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications and Lionsgate, who signed a co-financing and distribution deal last year, are set to team up on this first project, the procedural crime drama “Sex, Lies and Handwriting.”

Showrunner Nancy Miller (“Saving Grace”) and writer Annie Brunner (“Against The Wall”) have come on board the 12 episode one-hour series, which will start lensing on location in Vancouver this summer.

Sea To Sky Studios, Lionsgate and Thunderbird Films’ Canadian studio joint venture are producing. Bell Media (Canada), TF1 Network (France) and ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland (Germany) are co-developping the series.

The new show was unveiled on April 7, on MipTV kick-off day, by Tandem Communications prexy Rola Bauer and Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs.

“We’re very excited to be part of this unique project with Lionsgate and Sea To Sky,” says Tandem’s prexy Rola Bauer, who also served as executive producer on the series.  “With our wonderful network partners and among the best of show-runner and writer talent in the industry on board, we believe ‘Sex, Lies and Handwriting’ is poised to be one of the most original and intriguing new series in the past few years.”

Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs added, “Our goal has been to fast track ‘Sex, Lies and Handwriting’ by leveraging our combined extensive relationships on both sides of the Atlantic, and we’re pleased by our progress at this early stage in the creation of the series.”

Inspired by Michelle Dresbold’s eponymous book, “Sex, Lies and Handwriting” follows the exploits of ‘Katie Bold,’ an accomplished artist and forensic handwriting expert who gets unexpectedly draws her into the world of crime-solving.

Tandem and Lionsgate are handling distribution worldwide outside of Canada.

The series is exec produced by Bauer, Jeff Sagansky, Sunta Izzicupo and Chris Barrett.  Ivan Fecan and Brett Burlock, on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios, also serve as executive producers.