close
warning Your browser is not supported. Please upgrade to a modern browser to use this website.

Press & Announcements

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

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
Jun 16 2016 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb expands into licensing

Award-winning creator and producer debuts at Licensing Expo with properties across a range of target demographics, from Murdoch Mysteries, female millennial-centric Carmilla, and kids’ shows Splashlings and The Moblees.

Read More
Mar 11 2016 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb’s digital series pitch competition returns to the Banff World Media Festival for a second year

Following its successful inaugural year in 2015, Shaftesbury and its award-winning digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, are teaming up with the Banff World Media Festival to bring back scripted digital series pitch competition The AMP (Audience Metrics Partnership) Accelerator.

Read More
Jun 08 2016 - Murdoch Mysteries’ Station House No. 4 back in action

Production has commenced on Season 10 of one of Canada’s most beloved and longest-running dramatic series, Murdoch Mysteries. Coming off its highest-rated season yet on CBC as the country’s top-rated homegrown scripted program for the 2015/16 television season and marking 150 episodes in Season 10, the series will continue to follow Detective Murdoch and the heroes of Station No. 4 as they solve crimes inspired by Canadian history and featuring international celebrities of the early 20th century.

Read More
Apr 03 2016 - John Doyle: If gore’s your thing, Slasher will slay you

What you will watch for, mind you, is the tightly paced, grisly horror that goes on and on, and shivers your timbers expertly. Highly recommended.

Read More
Mar 30 2016 - How RBC brought its millennial series to life with Shaftesbury’s shift2 and Smokebomb

From Strategy: Canada’s biggest bank went for entertainment over the hard sell with V Morgan is Dead. A root canal is pretty awful, but for millennials, it’s actually preferable to talking to their bank. That’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s part of the reason RBC undertook its branded content project, V Morgan is Dead. The 20-part web series on YouTube, led by Shaftesbury, shift2 and Smokebomb Entertainment, is about a 28-year-old woman who dies suddenly but is given the opportunity to work toward a second chance at life by helping others find their own life paths. Launched last fall, the series wrapped up earlier this month after gaining an engaged fan base. At BCON Expo 2016, RBC provided some insights into how its foray into millennial entertainment helped boost its brand.

Read More
Jan 26 2016 - Shaftesbury & Teletoon join Gulli in support of Squish

Paris-based indie Cottonwood Media has signed new development partnerships with Toronto-based procdo Shaftesbury and Corus Entertainment’s Teletoon Canada for its 52 x 11-minute animated comedy, Squish. In addition, French kidsnet Gulli has turned its existing development deal for the series into a pre-buy for all digital and broadcast rights in France. Aimed at kids six to 11, and based on a comedic graphic novel series by bestselling children’s author Jennifer Holm and creator Matthew Holm, Squish follows the life of a young amoeba that is looking to survive in the cutthroat world of single-cell organisms.

Read More
Jan 06 2016 - Shaftesbury partners with TPF Toys on new animated mermaid series Splashlings

Toronto-headquartered prodco Shaftesbury (The Moblees, Life With Derek) will debut an all-new animated Splashlings digital series in-step with the launch of Australian toyco TPF Toys’ mermaid-themed toy range, the brainchild of Pound Puppies creator Mike Bowling.

Read More
Feb 26 2016 - Original Series Slasher from Shaftesbury Premieres on Chiller March 4 & Super Channel April 1

Shaftesbury’s new eight-part original thriller series, Slasher, is set to tear up American and Canadian television screens starting Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCUniversal’s Chiller in the U.S. and Friday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Super Channel in Canada. Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Dracula, Merlin) stars as Sarah Bennett, a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centrepiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders based on the widely known, grisly killings of her parents. As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around her a suspect…or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her, including her husband, Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland, The Killing), her grandmother Brenda Merritt (Wendy Crewson, Saving Hope, Revenge), family friend Cam Henry (Steve Byers, The Man in the High Castle) and the town’s police chief, Iain Vaughn (Dean McDermott, Ecstasy, CSI).

Read More
Feb 25 2016 - Shaftesbury’s Supernatural Drama Series Houdini & Doyle Premieres May 2 on FOX & Global

Houdini and Doyle leave no stone unturned in the thrilling new original drama series Houdini & Doyle premiering Monday, May 2 at 9 pm ET/PT on Global in Canada and FOX in the U.S. Starring Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan, and Canadian Rebecca Liddiard, the Canada/UK Co-Production will air in simulcast in Canada with FOX. Co-created and executive produced by Canadians David Hoselton (House, Chicago P.D.), and David Titcher (The Librarians), with Canadian acclaimed Executive Producer David Shore (House), the 10-episode mystery adventure series unites skeptical illusionist Harry Houdini and supernatural believer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate unsolved and seemingly paranormal crimes.

Read More