With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an innovative creator and distributor of original content for television and multiple platforms.


Founded by Chairman and CEO Christina Jennings in 1987, Shaftesbury is known for its innovative international co-production, financing and distribution partnerships as well as award-winning storytelling spanning multiple genres and formats. Sold in 120 countries worldwide, Shaftesbury’s content slate includes five seasons of The Listener for CTV, Fox International Channels and ION Television and eight seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, France Television and additional broadcasters in 110 countries worldwide via ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment.

Shaftesbury also produces a large slate of programming for kids and families, including popular series Connor Undercover, Overruled! and Life with Derek, and the movie follow up to the series, Vacation with Derek.

The company’s groundbreaking digital media division, Smokebomb Entertainment, creates convergent experiences for television and original transmedia content. Combining world-class storytelling, integrated second-screen experiences and innovative social campaigns, Smokebomb builds compelling storyworlds for tweens and the 16 – 34 demographic. Recent projects include Totally Amp’d – the world’s first tween app series, named a “Killer App” by Wired; the buddy road trip comedy Backpackers for The CW and CTV Extend; 3D science fiction series State of Syn for Hulu and Google Glass; and the International Emmy-nominated Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs.

Shaftesbury recently launched shift2, an innovative agency that creates, manages and markets digital content targeting Generation C, specializing in custom YouTube content for brands across reality, how-to and scripted programming. shift2 also employs proprietary YouTube software to research and develop targeted content-driven campaigns, optimize audience engagement and deliver measurable results. shift2 is a co-venture between millennial agency Youth Culture, Shaftesbury and Smokebomb Entertainment.

Shaftesbury Sales Company manages global sales and distribution for the company’s extensive library of content as well as third-party acquired programming, and attends all major TV markets and conferences including MIPCOM, MIPJunior, MIPDoc, MIPTV, MIPCube, NATPE, Stream Market, the Banff World Media Festival, Kidscreen and Realscreen.