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  • Houdini & Doyle

    Houdini & Doyle

    Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant.

  • Slasher


    An eight-part drama series for Super Channel and NBCUniversal’s Chiller, Slasher follows the plight of a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders – based on the widely-known, grisly killings of her parents.

  • Fool Canada

    Fool Canada

    Premiering on CBC Tuesday, June 23 at 8:30 pm! Starring comedic talent Will Sasso (MADtv), Fool Canada is a fun and witty social experiment series that tests Canadians’ notorious politeness, patience and gullibility. Armed with a truckload of hidden cameras and devious disguises, Sasso and a team of comedians poke fun at what it means to be Canadian.

  • MsLabelled


    A young fashionista tries to find her own voice in the high-pressure world of fashion by launching an upstart fashion blog, after landing a job at a magazine overseen by editor-at-large Jeanne Beker. Watch now on the VervegirlTV YouTube channel and

  • Carmilla


    Season II now available on the VervegirlTV YouTube channel! Funded by U By Kotex®, this irreverent, hit comedy (72 x four-minutes) for millennials from shift2 and Smokebomb is a scripted transmedia series that puts a modern spin on the cult classic gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

  • The Moblees

    The Moblees

    The #1 show on Kids’ CBC, on tour across Canada this summer! Integrating a holistic approach to healthy active living, The Moblees (30 x 11-minutes) is a new live-action interactive musical adventure series that gets kids aged 3 – 5 up and moving.

  • Murdoch Mysteries

    Murdoch Mysteries

    Season 9 premieres October 5 on CBC! Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative investigative techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.



Jun 24 2015 - Michael Weston & Stephen Mangan Cast in Shaftesbury’s Houdini & Doyle

Michael Weston (Six Feet Under, House) and Stephen Mangan (Episodes) have been cast in the lead roles of Houdini & Doyle, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut on ITV Encore, Global and Fox in 2016. Inspired by true events, the series will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant in collaboration with New Scotland Yard.

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Jun 05 2015 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb announces AMP Accelerator finalists

With almost 100 pitches submitted from across Canada in less than three weeks, Shaftesbury/Smokebomb has selected three finalists for its inaugural The AMP (Audience Metrics Partnership) Accelerator program to be presented at the 2015 Banff World Media Festival, on the hunt for the next great original digital series with branded entertainment potential.

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May 27 2015 - Canadian icon William Shatner travels back in time to turn-of-the-century Toronto as American legend Mark Twain in Murdoch Mysteries, Season 9

William Shatner has fought the bad guys on the streets and in the courtroom, traveled through time and space, and helped travelers find better deals. All of which will prepare him for his latest role – as American author and humourist Mark Twain in Season 9 of the hit series MURDOCH MYSTERIES, now filming in Toronto and southern Ontario.

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May 05 2015 - Shaftesbury’s Slasher Greenlit by NBCUniversal’s Chiller & Super Channel

NBCUniversal’s horror channel Chiller is cutting to the chase with its first original series, produced by Shaftesbury and created and written by Aaron Martin, to debut later this year.

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Apr 14 2015 - Shaftesbury’s ‘Houdini And Doyle’ series picked up by Fox, ITV & Shaw Media

A supernatural crime drama inspired by the unlikely real-life friendship between Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini is headed to the small screen in the U.S., UK and Canada.

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With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television and digital platforms, sold in 120 countries worldwide. Shaftesbury's slate includes David Shore's new series, Houdini & Doyle, for Sony Pictures Television, Shaw Media, ITV and Fox; horror series Slasher for Super Channel and NBCUniversal's Chiller; nine seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; and hidden camera comedy series Fool Canada for CBC, starring Will Sasso. Shaftesbury’s digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, produces convergent experiences for television and branded entertainment projects including the hit YouTube series Carmilla, funded by the U by Kotex® brand; and fashion-focused series MsLabelled for Shaw Media and Schick® Quattro for Women. Shaftesbury/Smokebomb recently launched shift2, an innovative brand agency that targets millennials on YouTube.

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