Bell Media Picks Up Options on Novels by Three Canadian Authors

- Bell Media joins forces with renowned Canadian writers William Deverell, Giles Blunt and Robert Rotenberg -

- Exciting mystery and crime storylines now in development -

TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today that it has begun early development on three unique projects, based on the work of some of Canada's most respected and best-selling authors. Bell Media has optioned the television rights on two novel series, one written by William Deverell and the other, Giles Blunt, two of Canada's foremost award-winning mystery writers. In addition, Bell Media and Shaftesbury are in development on an adaptation of Old City Hall, written by acclaimed criminal lawyer-turned-author, Robert Rotenberg.

"Our acquisition of these options is a great opportunity for Bell Media," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "A diverse mix of stories, these projects exemplify our commitment to developing great Canadian programming. And we are equally delighted to be working with terrific Canadian screenwriters to adapt these novels and bring them to the screen."

The first project in development is based on a witty and intelligent crime series written by British Columbia-based writer William Deverell (Kill All The Judges, April Fool and Mind Games - McClelland & Stewart), the creator of the popular and long-running drama STREET LEGAL, and the winner of the Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in North America for Crime Writing. To date Deverell's books have been translated into 14 languages selling more than one million copies worldwide. Deverell is described as "a master of the laugh-out-loud crime novel" by the Vancouver Sun. Deverell's series of novels feature lawyer Arthur Beauchamp defending his clients in taut urban courtroom dramas while trying to balance his personal and home life in a Gulf Island community full of eccentric and complex characters. Renowned Canadian screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt (ONE DEAD INDIAN, SHADES OF BLACK and MAYERTHORPE) has been attached to the project to adapt Deverell's work for television.

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