Christina Jennings

Christina Jennings

Chair, Board of Directors

Biography

One of Canada’s most accomplished producers, Christina Jennings founded Shaftesbury in 1987 and has since built the company into a position of unique strength as a thought leader and innovator of original content for television and digital platforms in more than 120 countries. With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury’s slate includes five seasons of crime procedural The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; seven seasons of the Victorian-era detective series Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv, UKTV, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and CBC; the global hit kids’ series Life with Derek; and compelling documentaries including Unsung: Behind the Glee. Shaftesbury’s groundbreaking digital media division, Smokebomb Entertainment, creates convergent experiences for television and original transmedia content including the comedy series Backpackers for CTV and CW Seed; tween series Totally Amp’d and Unlikely Heroes for YTV.com and Hulu; and 3D science fiction series State of Syn for Hulu, which Smokebomb is also extending to wearable technology as an app for Google Glass. Jennings is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and serves as Chair of CFC's Board of Directors. She received the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at RBC’s Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards in 2008 and the Innovative Producer Award at the 2009 Banff World Television Festival. Jennings was named Playback’s Producer of the Decade in 2010 and was honoured with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s prestigious Academy Achievement Award at the 26th Annual Gemini Awards. In 2011, Jennings was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and also received a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.