CFC Celebrates Visionary Producer Christina Jennings with Fifth Annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence

CFC Celebrates Visionary Producer Christina Jennings with Fifth Annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence

Award to be presented by Emmy® Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany and CFC Founder Norman Jewison at CFC’s annual Los Angeles reception

Toronto, February 8, 2018 - The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to present award-winning producer and CFC alumna Christina Jennings, founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, with the 2018 CFC Award for Creative Excellence in recognition of her innovative storytelling, critically and commercially accomplished body of work, and her creative and business contributions to the Canadian and international entertainment industries. Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany and CFC founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison will present the award at a formal reception in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 2018, co-hosted by Cast & Crew Entertainment Services.

Jennings was among the first few groups of residents to attend the CFC. She joined the CFC as a producer resident in 1990, the third year that the Resident Program (now the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program) had been running. Jennings was one of 13 residents that year – in the company of other talented Canadian creators like novelist Michael Ondaatje and theatre director Richard Rose.

“Christina is one of the CFC’s most dynamic success stories,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “She made her first film, Camilla, as a direct result of relationships she forged at the CFC, went on to build one of Canada’s foremost production companies, and continues to support the CFC by hiring our talent and chairing our Board of Directors. We are so proud of Christina’s many accomplishments and we couldn’t be more pleased to honour her with this year’s award in recognition of her outstanding body of work and contributions to the screen-based entertainment industry.”

A visionary producer with a track record for delivering award-winning scripted content for audiences around the world, Jennings is founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands. Spanning the production of TV, feature film and digital content, Shaftesbury titles are sold in 120 countries worldwide and include acclaimed international hits Murdoch Mysteries, Carmilla, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Slasher, The Listener, ReGenesis, and Life with Derek.

Under Jennings’ strategic leadership, Shaftesbury has become an industry leader in engaging and sustaining audiences by creating brand extensions including original content created for digital and social media platforms, mobile apps, and VR experiences. A remarkable entrepreneur, Jennings took the company’s expertise in scripted storytelling to the advertising industry and launched an in-house agency in 2014 dedicated to growing the company’s roster with brand-funded content targeted at the coveted 18-34 demo. The company’s KindaTV, home to U by Kotex®-funded drama series Carmilla, is the largest scripted YouTube channel for millennials in Canada, reaching more than 100 million views since its launch in 2014.

The CFC Award for Creative Excellence will be the latest in a long list of honours that Jennings has received over the course of her career. Her additional recent awards and honours include the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Content Innovation Awards presented at MIPCOM, being named to Maclean’s Power List of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful People, Playback’s Producer of the Decade, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s prestigious Academy Achievement Award, the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at RBC’s Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards, and the Innovative Producer Award at the Banff World Television Festival.

“When I entered the CFC program almost 30 years ago, I had no inkling of where that journey would take me. The CFC gave me the resources, skills, and support to shape my dreams and launch my career – I credit them for my beginnings. And now, I have come full circle and head up the Board, to give back to the residents. The Canadian entertainment industry is a much stronger place because of the hard work of the CFC. I am so delighted and honoured to receive this award,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury.

The CFC hosts an annual event in L.A. to celebrate exceptional talent in the screen-based entertainment industry, as well as its international partners and cross-border opportunities. The event will coincide with a week of activity in L.A., including the L.A. modules of the 2018 Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, in collaboration with Just For Laughs, and the Slaight Music Residency. These high-level CFC marketplace initiatives further strengthen Canadian talent’s place in the global entertainment marketplace.

Read our profile of Christina Jennings and Shaftesbury HERE.

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