Bennett handed expanded role at Shaftesbury

Jay Bennett has been handed a wider remit at Canadian producer-distributor Shaftesbury. Currently head of the company’s digital arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, he will move into a new post as senior VP, creative and innovation. The company-wide post, a new role, will see Bennett (pictured) oversee creative direction and innovation at Shaftesbury, including digital original projects, […]

The CW takes Shaftesbury’s digital series to TV

The CW is taking digital series Backpackers from the web to TV. The US broadcast network will show new episodes of the show from this sumer with a ten-episode run of half-hour episodes. The first four eps will use content from the web series, which previously went out on The CW’s digital platform CW Seed, […]

CW begins digital Seed testing

Broadcast network The CW has launched an experimental digital-only studio with an initial four web series slate. Digital prodco CW Seed counts season three of comedy Husbands, and new series Backpackers, The P.E.T. Squad Files and Gallery Mallory as its first properties. The digital initiative was first announced earlier this summer at The CW’s Upfront […]

The CW picks up Shaftesbury’s digital series Backpackers

The CW has picked up Shaftesbury’s online comedy series Backpackers for its nascent digital service. The youth skewing broadcaster will launch the comedy on its CW Digital service. This follows its recent acquisition of the latest season of Vuguru’s Prom Queen. Backpackers is produced by Shaftesbury’s digital media division Smokebomb Entertainment and has already been […]