TORONTO (June 23, 2022) – Shaftesbury has named award-winning producer Liz Levine, Senior Producer and Vice President, Television.
Reporting to Christina Jennings, Chairman and President of Shaftesbury, Levine will oversee all aspects of Shaftesbury’s scripted slate as properties leave development and move into production.
“It’s wonderful to have a producer with Liz’s breadth of experience on our team to take stories from the page to the screen,” says Jennings, Chairman and President. “Her writing and journalism career combined with her years as an independent producer means that she thoroughly understands the entire process of storytelling for the screen.”
“The team at Shaftesbury has supported me throughout my career and taking on this job feels a lot like coming home,” says Levine, Senior Producer and Vice President, Television. “It’s an exciting time to be at Shaftesbury and I look forward to helping shepherd a new generation of stories through production and to audiences both in Canada and abroad.”
Levine has over two decades of experience in film and television, spanning a myriad of platforms and genres. She started in the business in Toronto with Moses Znaimer’s CITY-TV. Since that time, she has worked as a writer and journalist, and as a development executive and producer in Canada and the US. She has developed and produced films such as Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut Story of a Girl, starring Kevin Bacon (DGA Nomination) and Across My Land (Palme D’or nominated, Cannes). She has developed and/or produced television for CBS, CW, Disney Channel, Sony Pictures Entertainment and TBS. Recently, she executive produced seasons 2 and 3 of the multi-award-winning anthology series Two Sentence Horror Stories for CW/Netflix. Levine holds a Master of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia and has written for the National Post, The Walrus, Playback, and The Vancouver Sun. Her memoir Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But the End (Simon & Schuster 2020) received critical acclaim, made the must-read lists of The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill and Quire and CBC, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize.
Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, and digital, established in 1987 by Christina Jennings, Chairman and President. Shaftesbury’s current primetime slate includes 16 seasons of the international hit series Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, ITV Studios and UKTV, and five seasons of Hudson & Rex for Citytv, both are available in over 120 countries worldwide. Other projects include: the acclaimed horror anthology series Slasher on Shudder and Hollywood Suite, with Emmy® Award-winner Eric McCormack starring in the upcoming fifth season; three seasons of the acclaimed six-part event series Departure for Global starring Emmy® Award-winner Archie Panjabi and the late Academy® Award-winner Christopher Plummer; and SisterS, a new Irish Canadian co-production by and starring Sarah Goldberg (Barry) and Susan Stanley, for Crave, RTÉ and IFC.
Shaftesbury has a growing roster of Kids & Family programming, bringing fresh content to a new generation of children, tweens, and young adult viewers. With over 150 hours of award-winning content, Shaftesbury’s current slate includes: Ruby and the Well, a popular series heading into its second season on BYUtv and WildBrain/Family Channel; What the Stink?, based on the Stinky Science books by Edward Kay; Mary & Flo on the Go!, based on the period drama Frankie Drake Mysteries; The Infinite Worlds of Ella Jane, a scripted podcast in partnership with Wattpad; and Life with Luca, based on the long-running, global hit series Life with Derek.
Current digital projects include two seasons of Slo Pitch, an award-winning, mockumentary series about a queer, underachieving beer league softball team for IFC and OUTtv, and Topline for CBC Gem, an acclaimed musical dramedy about growing up, that follows 16-year-old Tala, a reclusive singer/songwriter who is discovered online. For more information, go to shaftesbury.ca.