Two of Hallmark’s original TV movie franchises are crossing the Atlantic.
Muse Distribution International has lined up sales for The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries and The Gourmet Detective Mysteries with UK broadcasters Channel 5 and Movies 24. Channel 5 has secured FTA rights, while the NBCU owned Movies 24 has acquired the pay window.
Based on novels by New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris, The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries star Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) as Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, a librarian and amateur sleuth who unexpectedly solves real-life murders in her small town. At present two adaptations (A Bone To Pick, Real Murders) have been produced.
The Gourmet Detective Mysteries is based on the series of novels by Peter King and follows Henry Roth (Dylan Neal), a chef turned gourmet detective who, alongside Detective Maggie Price (Brooke Burns) uses his mastery of food, drink and cooking to hunt down killers one recipe at a time. Two adaptations (The Gourmet Detective and The Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place To Die) have been produced thus far.
Additionally, Muse has lined up a slew of other deals for The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, The Gourmet Detective Mysteries and Lost Letter Mysteries (AKA Signed, Sealed, Delivered). The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries and The Gourmet Detective Mysteries have been sold to M6 in France, RTBF in French speaking Belgium, 13th Street in Australia, Diva Universal in Asia and Digiturk in Turkey; while Lost Letter Mysteries has been licensed throughout Europe, Latin America, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, Israel, Taiwan and the Philippines.
“Compelling characters and top-level talent drive our mystery franchises making them an excellent value proposition for buyers,” says Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment. “These light mystery movie wheels are programmed across channel brands and in multiple time-slots, driving consistent audience numbers and building brand loyalty. The genre is proving so popular that we will produce seven to ten new movies next year including a fourth franchise based on the novels of New York Times best-selling mystery writer Sandra Brown”.