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Shaftesbury finds teen trilogy Wondrous Strange

Canada’s Shaftesbury has acquired TV adaptation rights to the Wondrous Strange young adult fiction franchise. The book series from Toronto’s Lesley Livingston follows the adventures of a young woman that discovers she is the heir to a Faerie realm, and Shaftesbury believes the lead character will land it a greenlit order from a network “Buffy the […]

Shaftesbury partners to launch new digital agency

Canada-based producer and distributor Shaftesbury has joined forces with millennial agency Youth Culture to launch a digital agency, shift2. The joint venture will create and distribute youth-skewed content for brands, on YouTube, across the reality, how-to and scripted programming genres. Shaftesbury’s content creation contribution will come through its existing digital arm Smokebomb Entertainment. Sahftesbury said […]

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, […]

News brief: Teletoon buys trio of Halloween toons

Canadian kids and youth net Teletoon has picked up three animated specials that it will air in the run over Halloween. Halloween Havoc, New Fears Eve and Pranks for the Memories all follow a group of monster kids trying to fit into a normal school. The shows are made by Vancouver-based Bron Animation and sold […]

Shaftesbury promotes for sales VP

Canada’s Shaftesbury has promoted Ryan St. Peters to the role of VP, sales and business development. In his expanded role, he will continue to work on television and digital presales, sales and distribution strategies across the Shaftesbury and Smokebomb Entertainment imprints, but will now work with third parties to find new kids, factual and digital […]

CBC’s Napkin Man moves forward

Upcoming preschool show The Adventures of Napkin Man is moving ahead and production will start this month in Toronto. Live-action and animation hybrid is being produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Canada’s CBC. It will start airing on the Canadian public broadcaster in September. Yannick Bisson, the star of another show on CBC, Shaftesbury’s crime drama […]

Shaftesbury’s Good God heads to Foxtel

Canada’s Shaftesbury has sold its comedy series Good God to Foxtel. The Australian pay TV platform has acquired it for The Comedy Channel where it will debut onMarch 27. The 10x30mins series created by and starring Ken Finkleman (Good Dog) follows a neurotic, left-leaning TV producer who finds himself at the helm of a right-wing […]

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 […]

Shaftesbury takes international rights to The Avenue

Canadian producer and distributor Shaftesbury has acquired international rights to reality web series The Avenue and has struck a first look deal with producer Foreground. The Avenue is an 18x5mins web series that follows Gregory Gorgeous and his twentysomething circle of friends as they navigate their jobs and love lives in Toronto. The first season […]

Canada’s turn to shine

Canada is a top originator of English-language scripted and factual content. Ever savvier of the international market, the country’s producers and distributors are more aggressively seeking out US partnerships as a springboard to the rest of the world, reports Mark Dillon. One reason Canadian producers need a global outlook is a challenging broadcast landscape at […]