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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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Jan 14 2014 - National Post: How to describe Murdoch Mysteries? Successful, to start

Scott Stinson | January 14, 2014 10:54 AM ET Yannick Bisson is in front of the office of Detective William Murdoch, the man he has played on TV for seven seasons. It’s an early winter day on the set of Murdoch Mysteries, and Bisson tips his head, beneath his trademark late-19th century bowler hat, and […]

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May 26 2014 - Toronto Star: The Listener has found its footing as a strong police procedural

The distinguishing feature in CTV’s The Listener has to be Craig Olejnik’s remarkable, constrained performance. Olejnik plays a telepath who works for the police. But his mannerisms are deliberately toned down, his face a blank canvas on which his subjects project their thoughts.

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Apr 08 2014 - Shaftesbury U.S. & Smokebomb’s Backpackers First Digital Series to Make Leap to TV on The CW

In a first for Shaftesbury U.S., Smokebomb Entertainment and The CW network’s digital studio, CW Seed, the original digital series Backpackers will make the jump from online-only to the broadcast network, with brand new original episodes of Backpackers set to premiere on The CW Television Network this summer.

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May 05 2014 - The Listener Returns With New Boss, New Baby, and Extraordinary Crime-Solving, May 26 on CTV

TORONTO, May 5, 2014 – Canadians are invited back into the dangerous and exciting world of the Integrated Investigative Bureau (IIB) with the Season 5 return of CTV’s hit original series THE LISTENER, Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 26 on CTV and CTV GO. The all-new season sees the IIB team moving forward professionally and personally as telepathic crime-solver Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) advances in his policing skills to become an even-more effective member of the elite unit, while Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) struggles to balance motherhood and a fulfilling career. Complicating matters further is the return of Supervising Inspector Brian Becker (Anthony Lemke, LOST GIRL), whose unfinished business with Toby from Season 1 creates problems for the team.

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Jun 02 2014 - Shaftesbury and Youth Culture Launch Generation C-Focused Digital Agency shift2

TORONTO/LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2014 – Furthering its growth as a multiplatform content leader, Shaftesbury has partnered with millennial agency Youth Culture to launch new digital agency shift2 (www.shift2.ca), a co-venture between the two companies. The new agency will specialize in creating and managing custom YouTube content for brands across reality, how-to and scripted programming. In addition to creating digital content, shift2 will employ proprietary YouTube software to research and develop targeted content-driven campaigns, optimize audience engagement and deliver measurable results.

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Feb 05 2014 - Natalie Dumoulin Joins Shaftesbury As Creative Producer

Leading content creator and distributor Shaftesbury today announced that award-winning children’s creative executive Natalie Dumoulin has joined the company in a consulting role as Creative Producer. Based at Shaftesbury in Toronto, Dumoulin will lead creative development and production across the company’s slate of projects for kids and families, including a preschool series in development with CBC as well as live-action adventure series Super Duper Deelia from writer and creator Laura Vandervoort (Bitten, Smallville). Dumoulin will collaborate with senior management across all divisions on kids’ content, including Shaftesbury’s digital arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, and the company’s U.S. development team in Los Angeles. Dumoulin will also work with sales and distribution to pursue partnerships with third-party children’s content creators.

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