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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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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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Feb 20 2015 - Playback: How Murdoch Mysteries solved a classic (car) conundrum

When Beth Rhind, the Canadian International Auto Show’s event manager and media relations director, had to solve the problem of creating a historical exhibit in a modern-day venue, she turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: Shaftesbury’s Murdoch Mysteries.

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Feb 25 2015 - Shaftesbury wins three Canadian Screen Awards

Shaftesbury has won three 2015 Canadian Screen Awards for the hit drama series Murdoch Mysteries and show choir documentary Unsung: Behind the Glee.

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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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Apr 08 2015 - Murdoch Mysteries crime scenes come to life in Smokebomb’s The Infernal Device

CBC and Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital studio, unveil a brand new online mystery, Murdoch Mysteries: The Infernal Device on April 8, 2015. The unprecedented interactive experience turns Murdoch Mystereis fans into detectives, through an engaging six-week mystery including real-world events in Canada and the UK that bring the storyline to life in full turn-of-the-century detail.

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Apr 07 2015 - Shaftesbury/Smokebomb creates branded digital entertainment pitch competition with Banff

With evolving media consumption habits and funding models continuing to shape the industry, Shaftesbury and its award-winning digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, have teamed up with the Banff World Media Festival to launch The AMP (Audience Metrics Partnership) Accelerator a branded entertainment pitch competition with a focus on engaging female millennial audiences. The top three finalists will be sent to the Banff Media World Festival to pitch their projects during a live Festival session, where one winner will receive a development deal with Shaftesbury/Smokebomb.

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