Shaftesbury sells Murdoch

The forthcoming Murdoch Mysteries series has been picked up by U.K. handler Granada International

Shaftesbury Films has closed deals for both Life with Derek and The Murdoch Mysteries. The Toronto outfit has signed a deal with licensing firm JTMG as the agency of record for Derek, and has handed the 13 x 60 run of its Murdoch murder series to Granada International.

Shaftesbury says JTMG, fronted by Joy Tashjian, will rep Derek across North America, with a special focus on publishing, electronics, mobile, apparel and accessories. The California-based company is also said to be working on a merchandising campaign that will make its debut at the Licensing International Expo in June.

JTMG also represents titles including Ricky Sprocket and Deal or No Deal. ‘We’ve searched for a brand that appeals to the ever-elusive and extremely important tween demographic,’ said Tashjian in a statement on Tuesday.

Granada, in a separate announcement, says it will launch The Murdoch Mysteries at MIPCOM this fall. The series is set to air here on Bravo! and on UKTV and follows a number of similar crime-solving MOWs, all set in Victorian Toronto. The MOWs were also handled by Granada.