This is Shaftesbury.

Content For All Screens.

Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, and digital.

Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 13 seasons ofMurdoch Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, three seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, three seasons of critically acclaimed horror series Slasher for Netflix, two seasons of Hudson & Rex for Citytv/Rogers Media, and several new primetime series including Departurefor Global/Corus Entertainment and NBC Universal, Dead Still for RTÉ, Acorn TV, and Citytv/Rogers, and The Sounds for CBC, Acorn TV, and Sky NZ.
Building on a library of award-winning kids’ programs, Shaftesbury has an extensive slate of new kids and family programming with series centred on inspiring interest in STEAM, including The Solutioneers, Miikshi, Stinky Science, and Emerald Code.
Shaftesbury’s branded division produces original entertainment projects for brands, including the global phenomenon Carmilla for U by Kotex/Kimberly-Clark and Turning the Tables for göt2b®/Henkel.
Shaftesbury’s technology division works with leading healthcare institutions and researchers to explore and develop clinical applications for immersive media experiences including augmented and virtual reality.

We Know Fans

Our Content Performs

Episodes of Murdoch Mysteries
Countries and Territories Hudson & Rex is sold
Average viewership per episode of Murdoch Mysteries
Award Wins | Nominations | Distinctions
minutes of watchtime on Branded got2b series, Turning The Tables
Subscribers to KindaTV - The largest scripted YouTube channel in Canada for Millennials
Years of accumulated watch time on KindaTV
Views on YouTube channel KindaTV
Teamwork Builds Trust
Executive Team

A visionary producer with a track record for delivering award-winning scripted content for audiences around the world, Christina Jennings is founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands.

Christina Jennings
Chairwoman & CEO

As Shaftesbury’s SVP of Business & Legal Affairs, Garvie has overseen negotiation and implementation of all development, financing, sales and recoupment arrangements since 1994. Garvie is the Chair of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and also sits on the FilmOntario Board.

Scott Garvie
SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

The former President and COO of Toronto-based Fireworks Entertainment, Haight brings to Shaftesbury an extensive background in internationally-acclaimed dramatic programming and kids live action.

Adam Haight
SVP, Scripted Content

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, her role as SVP, Finance & Operations, Phillips is responsible for managing Shaftesbury through all aspects of corporate and production finance as well as managing all development and distribution finance and reporting.

Hayley Phillips
SVP, Finance & Operations
Kaaren is an award-winning Executive Producer and Senior Vice President in our Branded division, producing original content designed to drive brand engagement. She brings over two decades of experience in delivering ground breaking ideas and pioneering new media methods, targeting key demographics for her clients. She has a passion for understanding where content and audiences are moving, and has been invited to speak at leading television and content markets. Kaaren is the President of the Canadian Chapter of the Branded Content Marketing Association and selected as a member of the Forbes Agency Council.
Kaaren Whitney-Vernon
SVP, Branded Entertainment

With two decades experience in the digital, technology and gaming industries, Biggs joins Shaftesbury from AWE, where he was a founding shareholder and served as Vice President Operations/Client Relations for the mixed reality software startup.

Ted Biggs
VP, Technology

With over 12 years of experience in the film and television industry, Goldman has experience with dramatic, documentary and reality/lifestyle programming, as well as with domestic production, interprovincial and international co-productions. Prior to joining Shaftesbury, Goldman worked at CBC and Entertainment One and currently sits on the CMPA’s Industrial Relations Committee.

Elysse Goldman
VP, Business & Legal Affairs

Lacey is a Gemini Award-winning writer who brings two decades of experience in writing, production and development to Shaftesbury. In her role as VP, Creative Affairs, Lacey manages Shaftesbury’s extensive scripted drama development slate, with an eye to expanding the company’s international partnerships.

Julie Lacey
VP, Creative Affairs

Diang Iu has worked in a number of roles at Shaftesbury across production affairs, finance, and scripted drama development before settling in his current position as VP, Content Production.

Diang Iu
VP, Content Production
As an award-winning marketer, Dylen draws on 13+ years of experience in media and entertainment. Before joining Shaftesbury, Dylen served as Head of Entertainment and Content marketing at CBC, where she oversaw the marketing for CBC properties such as Schitt’s CreekKim’s ConvenienceAnne with an E and Baroness Von Sketch Show.  Dylen has been recognized for her work, in both Canada and the US, for developing audience-first content strategies and innovative storytelling to promote some of Canada’s top-rated series globally.
Dylen Postnikoff
VP, global brand strategy
A veteran producer with over 18 years of experience in multiplatform content production, international co-production, and development. Jennifer has worked in Europe and North America, overseeing projects in both documentary and entertainment programming. Beginning her career in Paris at Marathon Media, part of Zodiak Kids and one of France’s largest animation producers, Jennifer held several positions, including Director of Post-Production and Creative, Producer. During her tenure, she played a key role developing the company’s overseas co-pro operations, helping to establish and manage two satellite studios in Montreal and Los Angeles.   
Jennifer McCann
Executive Producer, Kids & Family

Sarah MacKinnon specializes in film, television and digital media budgeting, financing and tax credit analysis.

Sarah MacKinnon
Senior Director, TV Production

Michelle Grys joined Shaftesbury in 2010 as part of the Corporate Finance team. Grys managed post-production accounting for TV series, features and digital series and, in 2013, and was named Manager, Production Accounting. In this role, Grys was responsible for overseeing accounting during prep stages for all new projects as well as during post-production to prepare for audit and filing of tax credits. As Corporate Controller, she supports overall company strategies and objectives.

Michelle Grys
Corporate Controller

Based in London, Finlay is responsible for expanding Shaftesbury’s scripted coproduction activity, sourcing creative opportunities and forging international partnerships. She was formerly Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at UKTV where she more than doubled the volume of pre-investment hours, including Murdoch Mysteries, now in its thirteenth season. Prior to UKTV, Finlay worked at Channel 4, C4’s Shooting Gallery strand, Film4 Channel and the BBC. Honours and awards include World Content Trendsetter at MIPCOM 2016.

Alexandra Finlay
Senior Director, Creative & Co-Productions

Grant started her career as an editor at Random House Canada until 1999, when she joined CTV as a drama development executive. She has held similar positions at CBC and at independent production houses Barna-Alper, Shaftesbury, White Pine Pictures, and most recently at Temple Street where she was Supervising Producer on the one-hour drama X Company and the half-hour comedy Cavendish.

Lesley Grant
Creative Producer

An influential leader and seasoned PR & marketing professional with over 14 years of experience both in-house and agency-side working with a large roster of brands and clients, with a focus on media and entertainment. Collins brings extensive industry knowledge and leadership to the PR Executive role at Shaftesbury, having worked at Alliance Atlantis, Canwest, Shaw and CBC, where she was the Head of Publicity, Talent Relations and Events.

Jane Collins
PR, Executive

Tal Riff brings creative and client services experience from her roles in television production and broadcasting, as well as creative and experiential agencies, to her role as Director, Content & Brand Strategy at Shaftesbury. Her key focus is on finding entertaining and engaging content, enhanced by successful brand partnerships. Riff’s clients include Walmart, Interac®, Kimberly-Clark®, RBC, Schick, Subway, Scotiabank, Kraft and GoDaddy.

Tal Riff
Director, Content & Brand Strategy
Board of Directors

A visionary producer with a track record for delivering award-winning scripted content for audiences around the world, Christina Jennings is founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands.

Christina Jennings
Chairwoman & CEO

As Shaftesbury’s SVP of Business & Legal Affairs, Scott Garvie has overseen negotiation and implementation of all development, financing, sales and recoupment arrangements since 1994

Scott Garvie
SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

President, Corporate Growth Assistance Limited; former CEO, The Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association

Millard Roth

Former head of the Entertainment Department, Goodmans LLP, Chairman Westwood Creative Artists, Canada’s largest literary agency and Executive Producer

Michael Levine