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April 10, 2014

MIPTV: ‘Sex, Lies and Handwriting’ Series Starts Shoot in Summer


Scott Roxborough / The Hollywood Reporter

The procedural from “Saving Grace” creator Nancy Miller and writer Annie Brunner is the first project under a co-finance and distribution agreement between Lionsgate and StudioCanal’s Tandem Communications.

Sex, Lies and Handwriting, the new one-hour procedural from Saving Grace alums Nancy Miller and Annie Brunner, will begin shooting this summer in Vancouver.

The crime series, the first project in a co-financing, development and distribution agreement between Lionsgate and German-based producer/distributor Tandem Communications, will shoot on location in the Canadian city and is produced by Sea to Sky Studios, Lionsgate’s studio joint venture with Canada’s Thunderbird Films.

Loosely based on Michelle Dresbold’s nonfiction book of the same name, Sex, Lies and Handwriting follows handwriting expert Leslie Bold, whose skills at deciphering hidden motives from reading written notes makes her an unexpected crime solver. The same skills, however, are disastrous for her private life, as she easily dissects the writing of any love interest, finding out things no one should know on a first date.

Brunner will pen the script for the series with Miller onboard as executive producer and showrunner. 
Following the straight-to-series model of Tandem and French parent company StudioCanal, all 12 one-hour episodes of Sex, Lies and Handwriting will shoot in Vancouver this summer. France’s TF1, German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Canada’s Bell Media are backing the series, which Lionsgate and Tandem are shopping to buyers at MIPTV this week. No U.S. broadcaster is on board yet.

Tandem and StudioCanal used a similar straight-to-series model for the crime series Crossing Lines, with Criminal Minds showrunner Ed Bernero. Starring Donald Sutherland and Prison Break’sWilliam FichtnerCrossing Lines has just been renewed by its European partners for a second season. Season one debuted last summer on NBC but the network has not yet committed to season two.