Television deal for popular Oxford detective.
The film and TV rights to Faith Martin’s international bestselling British crime novels DI Hillary Greene from Joffe Books have been optioned by Southwell Neal Entertainment. SNE’s Becky Southwell and Dylan Neal, the writers and exec producers of Hallmark’s signature murder mystery series, The Gourmet Detective, plan to create a dramatic TV series in a coproduction with the UK, along with the support of Play Media on the Canadian side.
The DI Hillary Greene book franchise consists of 18 novels and has sold over two million copies, with the latest novel reaching the number one spot in the UK ebook charts. The franchise is a cold case homicide investigative series centered on a flinty, brilliant detective living in Oxfordshire, UK and the series follows Hillary as she is partnered for the first time with former LAPD detective John Sullivan. Southwell and Neal just won the WGC best TV movie screenplay award for Roux The Day, the fifth instalment in the Gourmet Detective franchise.
“We are thrilled that Faith has entrusted us with bringing Hillary to the TV screen and know that her millions of loyal readers will be joined by even more TV viewers,” says Neal. “We believe that everyone will fall in love with this addictive procedural and the two complicated leads at its heart, just as Becky and I have.”
Faith Martin was represented in the deal by Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency in Oxford, while Southwell Neal was represented by Darren Trattner from Jackaway Tyerman in LA.