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Shaftesbury is a creator and producer of original content for television and digital platforms. Shaftesbury's slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; detective drama Frankie Drake for CBC; Houdini & Doyle for Sony Pictures Television, Corus Entertainment, ITV, and Fox; thriller series Slasher for NBCUniversal's Chiller and now available on Netflix; and CBC Kids series The Moblees. Shaftesbury's digital arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the YouTube series and upcoming movie Carmilla; mystery series V Morgan Is Dead; fashion comedy series MsLabelled, produced in partnership with Shaw Media and Tetley Tea; supernatural drama Inhuman Condition; and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. In June 2014, Shaftesbury partnered with Youth Culture to launch shift2, a branded entertainment agency.
Recent productions include Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures for HBO Canada, based on the Giller-prize winning book by Dr. Vincent Lam; five seasons of The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; and now in season ten of Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv/CBC and UKTV's Alibi. Shaftesbury also produced a variety of award-winning programming, including the global hit series Life with Derek and the movie follow-up to the series, Vacation with Derek. Shaftesbury's newest series, Good Dog, is a half-hour comedy created, written and directed by Ken Finkleman that premiered on HBO Canada in 2011.
Shaftesbury's divisions include Smokebomb Entertainment, the company's digital media division responsible for the development and production of original online series and companion web experiences for Shaftesbury's slate of properties; Shaftesbury Kids, their division responsible for several children's TV shows and movies; and Shaftesbury Sales Company, which manages international sales and distribution for the company's content.
The company's television series projects have included:
- 11 Cameras
- Aaron Stone
- The Atwood Stories
- Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
- Connor Undercover
- Dark Oracle
- Dead Still
- Fool Canada
- Frankie Drake Mysteries
- From Spain with Love with Annie Sibonney
- Good Dog
- Good God
- Houdini & Doyle
- The Jane Show
- Hudson & Rex
- Life with Derek
- The Listener
- Mischief City
- The Moblees
- Murdoch Mysteries
- Screech Owls
- The Shields Stories
- The Sounds
Television films produced by Shaftesbury have included:
- External Affairs, an adaptation of Timothy Findley's play The Stillborn Lover
- In the Dark
- Michael Ignatieff's novel Scar Tissue
- Hemingway vs. Callaghan, an adaptation of Morley Callaghan's That Summer in Paris
- Except the Dying, Poor Tom Is Cold and Under the Dragon's Tail, the first three novels in Maureen Jennings' Murdoch Mysteries franchise which was later adapted by the company into a weekly series
- Torso, a dramatization of the murder trial of Evelyn Dick
- Terry, a biopic of Terry Fox
- six Joanne Kilbourn mysteries, based on the novels by Gail Bowen
- Eight Days To Live
- In God's Country
- Mount Pleasant
- The Good Times Are Killing Me
- Me and Luke
- The Summit
- Sleep Murder
- She Drives Me Crazy
- The Robber Bride
Cinema films have included:
- Swann, based on the novel by Carol Shields,
- Painted Angels
- Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity
- People Hold On
Digital films, produced by digital arm Smokebomb Entertainment, include:
The company's digital series projects, produced by digital arm Smokebomb Entertainment, have included:
- Emerald Code
- Houdini & Doyle: World of Wonders
- Inhuman Condition
- Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs
- Murdoch Mysteries: The Murdoch Effect
- Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen Street
- State of Syn
- Unlikely Heroes
- "Home Page". SHAFTESBURY.
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