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May 08 2017 - Slasher wraps production on Season 2

Production will soon wrap on the second chapter of Aaron Martin’s award-winning anthology thriller series Slasher, produced by Shaftesbury, to be called Slasher 2: Guilty Party.

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Apr 04 2017 - CBC greenlights new original drama Frankie Drake from the producers of Murdoch Mysteries

Set in the 1920s and starring Lauren Lee Smith (This Life, The Listener), the series follows Toronto’s only female private detective, Frankie Drake. Created by Murdoch Mysteries writers Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, Frankie Drake will begin production this summer for a fall 2017 launch on CBC.

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Apr 03 2017 - Cracking the code! Emerald Code, a new series about girls and STEM, gets the green light

Shaw Rocket Fund onboard for 20-part digital series from Shaftesbury/Smokebomb and shift2 aimed at raising awareness of STEM among girls 8 – 12.

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Mar 13 2017 - #1 Canadian drama Murdoch Mysteries renewed for Season 11

As announced by Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings at last night’s Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala, Canada’s #1 drama, Murdoch Mysteries, has been renewed for Season 11. The series won a total of five CSAs including Best TV Movie and Best Writing for “A Merry Murdoch Christmas” and the Golden Screen Award for TV Drama or Comedy, given to the most-watched series based on data provided by Numeris.

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Jan 19 2017 - Slasher, written and created by Aaron Martin, now available on Netflix Canada

The critically acclaimed psychological thriller Slasher is now available on Netflix Canada. The series has also been newly released on Netflix around the world including France, Italy, Australia and pan-regionally in Latin America and Asia, including Japan, and will be released in the U.K. and Germany this spring.

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Jan 17 2017 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb honoured with 15 Canadian Screen Awards nominations

Leading creator and producer Shaftesbury/Smokebomb has received 15 nominations for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, as announced earlier today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, including nods for Canada’s # 1 scripted series*, Murdoch Mysteries, thriller series Slasher and supernatural web drama Inhuman Condition.

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Nov 18 2016 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb announces new licensing partners for hit series Murdoch Mysteries and Carmilla

Fans of the hit CBC series Murdoch Mysteries and popular digital series Carmilla will soon be able to experience and explore these Shaftesbury/Smokebomb-produced shows’ rich story worlds and well-loved characters in more immersive ways with a series of new licensees.

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Nov 07 2016 - Unwrap an all-new two-hour Murdoch Mysteries holiday special: “Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas” premieres December 12 on CBC

Christmas cheer returns to Station House No. 4 once more with the second annual MURDOCH MYSTERIES holiday special, “Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas,” premiering Monday, December 12 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC with an encore broadcast on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT).

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Oct 26 2016 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb and shift2 partner with Corus Entertainment, Ubisoft, and Let’s Talk Science on new digital series Emerald Code

Scripted series about a group of friends using science and technology to navigate high school life premieres on YTV.com in 2017.

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Oct 06 2016 - Fan demand for hit digital series Carmilla spawns a feature-length movie now in development with shift2 and Smokebomb Entertainment

U by Kotex®-funded Series Carmilla, Now in its Third Season, Brings Original Cast to its First Long-Form Incarnation, Set to Debut Fall 2017

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Jul 18 2016 - Kill the lights; Action on Darken

Cameras roll on Smokebomb’s first feature film, a sci-fi thriller starring an ensemble cast including Bea Santos, Oluniké Adeliyi, and Ari Millen. Now available for pre-order, Darken’s release strategy will include all platforms and an origin-story web series.

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Jun 13 2016 - Shaftesbury promotes Judy Lung to Director of Communications & Marketing and welcomes Meg Campbell as Publicist

In this role, Lung will oversee publicity, marketing and brand management for the company’s roster of award-winning television and film projects including Murdoch Mysteries, Houdini & Doyle, Slasher and The Moblees, and will also handle day-to-day corporate communications including events, advertising and sponsorships.

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