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Nov 10 2015 - Jay Bennett Appointed SVP, Creative and Innovation

TORONTO, November 10, 2015 – Shaftesbury today announced that digital leader Jay Bennett has been appointed Senior Vice President, Creative and Innovation. In this newly created role, Bennett will be responsible for the creative direction and innovation of the company, focusing on technology and multi-screen content including original digital and feature film projects and branded entertainment, in partnership with Shaftesbury’s brand agency, shift2. He will also oversee marketing, research, audience engagement and merchandising and licensing strategies across all divisions. Bennett will continue to oversee Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment.

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Nov 09 2015 - V Morgan Is Dead comes alive on YouTube

Life’s a bitch, then you die. But when V’s life ends, her story begins. Smokebomb Entertainment, the award-winning digital studio behind hit YouTube series Carmilla and MsLabelled, has launched new 20-part scripted supernatural drama series V Morgan Is Dead.

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Oct 29 2015 - Film and TV legend Ed Asner, Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyle and Kelly Rowan star in Shaftesbury’s first-ever Murdoch Mysteries Holiday Special

Ring in the holidays with the world premiere of “A Merry Murdoch Christmas,” the first-ever MURDOCH MYSTERIES holiday special, airing Monday, December 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

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Oct 08 2015 - Tetley signs on to Season Two of MsLabelled with Shaw Media, Smokebomb and shift2

Shaw Media, in partnership with Smokebomb Entertainment and shift2, the digital studio and brand agency arms of Shaftesbury, today announced that tea brand Tetley has signed on to Season 2 of the scripted multiplatform comedy series MsLabelled, set in the high-pressure world of a fashion magazine.

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Sep 17 2015 - Smokebomb and shift2’s Carmilla snags PROMO! Awards Best of Show

The web series from Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital division Smokebomb Entertainment and digital agency shift2, Kimberly-Clark and Geometry Global took the top prize at the PROMO! Awards, which celebrates brand activations that get people engaged.

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Sep 10 2015 - Cotton Incorporated Says “I Do” to shift2 & Smokebomb

shift2 and Smokebomb Entertainment, the brand agency and digital production arms of Shaftesbury, have tied the knot with Cotton Incorporated on I Do, a new scripted short-form lifestyle series that explores the growing millennial demand for non-traditional, custom weddings.

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Aug 28 2015 - C21: Christina Jennings on the biggest changes in the industry over the past 10 years

Christina Jennings, chairman and CEO of Canadian prodco Shaftesbury, on the biggest changes in the industry over the past 10 years and those we can expect in the decade ahead.

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Aug 13 2015 - Carmilla nominated for two Streamy Awards

Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital studio, and digital agency shift2 are thrilled to announce that their popular digital series Carmilla, currently in season two on the VervegirlTV YouTube channel, has been nominated for two Streamy Awards, which honours the best in online video and the creators behind it. Carmilla has been nominated for Best Drama and Best Actress for […]

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Aug 11 2015 - Sold-out Murdoch Mysteries Event Attracts 2500 Fans

Fans show their love for all things Murdoch Mysteries At Murdoch Mysteries event, fans of CBC show got to tour the set, talk to experts like the prop master and meet stars like Yannick Bisson. It’s a TV series firmly rooted in Toronto, but its fans come from all over.The proof was in a two-day […]

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Jul 28 2015 - Shaftesbury, Super Channel and Chiller Announce Start of Production and Cast for Slasher

Shaftesbury, Super Channel and Chiller today announced casting and start of production for Slasher, an eight episode, one-hour psychological thriller series. 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 centerpiece 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).

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Jul 13 2015 - The Moblees Partners with Kidomo, Telus Fund and Smokebomb to Extend the Series with Live Tour and App

The Moblees has teamed up with new partners to extend the series beyond television, including a live tour in partnership with Kidomo and innovative app produced by Smokebomb Entertainment and funded by The TELUS Fund and Kids’ CBC.

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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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