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Frankie Drake visits Australia, Finland

Frankie Drake Mysteries

Seven Network in Australia, YLE in Finland and UKTV’s crime drama channel Alibi are among international broadcasters to have picked up crime dramas including Frankie Drake Mysteries from UK-based distributor DCD Rights.

Seven and YLE have both taken Frankie Drake Mysteries, which is produced by Shaftesbury Productions in association with CBC and UKTV.

The show, which follows Toronto’s only female private detectives as they take on cases the police don’t want to touch, has also been picked up by Ovation TV in the US, which follows a PBS Distribution streaming window; Epic Drama and VIP Serial in CEE, Russia and CIS; Sky in New Zealand; and HRT in Croatia.

New sales for earlier seasons of Frankie Drake Mysteries include The Walt Disney Company in the Balkans (season one), Prime Time Media in Russia and CIS (S1-3), Latvian Television (S2-3) and CH.U in South Korea (S1-4).

Elsewhere, the second season of My Life is Murder (10×60’), a Greenstone TV production for TVNZ, Acorn TV and DCD Rights in association with Australia’s Network 10, is currently in production in New Zealand. S2 has been presold to Alibi; The Walt Disney Company in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking Africa and the Balkans; Acorn TV for the Netherlands, Central America and South America; and TV2 Denmark.

New deals have also been secured for S1 to NBCUniversal International Networks for Universal TV in Africa; The Walt Disney Company in the Balkans; Acorn TV in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; and TV2 Denmark.

My Life is Murder stars Lucy Lawless (Top of the Lake, Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess) as a private detective in New Zealand who finds herself entangled in murder cases.

DCD Rights CEO Nicky Davies Williams said: “We’re delighted to report wide-reaching sales of two long-running crime series, both with lively female protagonists, but set in very different eras. They share intriguing and engaging storylines, which are proving to be winners with international audiences.”

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