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Dec 10 2014 - Shaftesbury & Kids’ CBC get moving with The Moblees to inspire healthy change

With Canada lagging globally when it comes to meeting guidelines for kids’ overall physical activity and limiting sedentary behavior, Kids’ CBC aims to inspire healthy change in the way Canadian children and their families move through their daily lives with The Moblees (30 x 11-minutes), a new live-action interactive musical adventure series for kids aged 3 – 5 years. Integrating a holistic approach to healthy active living, including non-sedentary behaviors, physical activity and nutrition, , The Moblees airs on CBC Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. (8:30 NT) beginning on December 22.

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Dec 10 2014 - U by Kotex® orders season two of hit series Carmilla from shift2 & Smokebomb Entertainment

U by Kotex® has ordered a second season of the hit transmedia series Carmilla, which will return to the VervegirlTV YouTube channel with 36 new episodes and a 12-part branded series in 2015.

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Nov 24 2014 - Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings named to The 2014 Maclean’s Power List

Shaftesbury Chairman & CEO Christina Jennings has been named to The Maclean’s 2014 Power List of Canada’s 50 most powerful people.

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Nov 11 2014 - Smokebomb’s State of Syn wins Digi Award for Best Webseries Fiction

At the 2014 Digi Awards ceremony in Toronto, celebrating the very best in the digital media landscape, Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital division Smokebomb Entertainment took home the honour for Best Webseries Fiction for State of Syn, which is available on Hulu in the United States.

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Nov 03 2014 - CBC’s hit period crime-drama Murdoch Mysteries celebrates its 100th episode with the most anticipated episode of the season

Will Murdoch and Ogden finally make it to the altar? Murdoch Mysteries marks the broadcast of its 100th episode on Monday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), including a live broadcast screening with cast and crew for fans at CBC Toronto.

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Oct 17 2014 - Strategy: How Kotex became a YouTube exec producer

Why the feminine hygiene brand is working with Carmilla, a transmedia gothic vampire series aimed at reaching millennials.

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Oct 16 2014 - shift2 and Smokebomb Join Forces with U by Kotex to Launch Digital Vampire Series Carmilla

Can a vampire get her period? Digital agency shift2 and U By Kotex® answer that question and more in Carmilla, a new scripted transmedia series (36 x four-minutes) that puts a modern spin on the cult classic gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

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Oct 12 2014 - Shaftesbury gets moving with The Moblees

Shaftesbury today announced the sales launch of new series The Moblees (30 x 11-minutes), an interactive musical adventure series for kids aged 3-5 starring five comical characters who, together with viewers at home, overcome obstacles through teamwork and movement.

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Oct 11 2014 - Unsung: Behind the Glee Named a Shaw Rocket Prize Finalist

Produced by Shaftesbury, Unsung: Behind the Glee is a one-hour documentary that charts the compelling journey of two Toronto high school show choirs as they battle time, nerves and each other to create an award-winning routine for the Show Choir Canada Nationals, Canada’s National High School Glee Club Championships.

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Oct 07 2014 - Shaftesbury’s Ryan St. Peters Appointed Vice President, Kids & Family

Leading producer and distributor Shaftesbury today announced the appointment of Ryan St. Peters to the role of Vice President, Kids & Family. In his new role, St. Peters will lead all creative and commercial activities for Shaftesbury’s kids and family operations, including creative development, production and distribution.

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Jul 14 2014 - Shaftesbury Secures Television Rights to Award-Winning Young Adult Book Series Wondrous Strange

TORONTO/LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2014 – Leading producer Shaftesbury has acquired the television rights to Lesley Livingston’s acclaimed Wondrous Strange young adult trilogy, published by HarperCollins Canada as well as HarperCollins U.S. Including Wondrous Strange (2009), Darklight(2010) and Tempestuous (2011), the book series follows the adventures of a young woman who discovers she is the long-lost heir to the Faerie realm.

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Jul 09 2014 - Shaftesbury U.S. Announces Multi-Year Gift to Benefit UCLA’s Producers Program

LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2014 – Shaftesbury U.S. head Maggie Murphy today announced a multi-year gift to benefit the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s prestigious Producers Program. Shaftesbury production executives will offer guidance and assist students in creating television and digital projects, working with them from concept to completion. The gift will supply UCLA TFT students with the materials needed to develop these projects.As part of Shaftesbury’s support, UCLA TFT will also have access to the company’s extensive list of global content industry experts to mentor the graduate producing students.

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