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Christina Jennings
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About Christina Jennings
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Christina Jennings is one of Canada’s most accomplished producers of successful films and television programs. Jennings established Shaftesbury Films and has built the company into a position of unique leadership and strength as a multi-format, multi-genre and award-winning producer and distributor. Jennings oversees and is an Executive Producer on all of the productions. Jennings is the Executive Producer of CTV’s The Listener, and the award-winning drama series Murdoch Mysteries and ReGenesis.

Shaftesbury produces a variety dramatic television programming including: series, mini-series, TV movies, family and children’s programming, in both live-action and animation formats and most recently original online content. Shaftesbury Films prides itself on working with all of the major broadcasters, specialty channels and buyers of dramatic programming in Canada and internationally. Highlights include: the highly anticipated drama series Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures based on the award-winning book by Dr. Vincent Lam; The Listener drama series for NBC and CTV and on Fox International Channels in 180 countries; the Murdoch Mysteries drama series now in production on its third season for Alibi in the UK and CityTV in Canada; the successful drama series ReGenesis for The Movie Network, Movie Central and Showcase which also aired in 20 languages in more than 115 countries; the highly rated CTV movie Terry about Terry Fox; the half-hour Global comedy series The Jane Show; the record-breaking TV movie Eight Days to Live starring Kelly Rowan, In God’s Country also starring Kelly Rowan, The Robber Bride adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, starring Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Gemini Award and was nominated for an International Emmy for her role as ‘Zenia’, and also starring Wendy Crewson and Shawn Doyle; the International Emmy Award-winning live-action/animation series Dark Oracle which aired on YTV; and the internationally successful children’s comedy series Life with Derek for Family Channel which plays in over 120 countries.

Jennings was a graduate of the film program at the Canadian Film Centre and currently serves as a member of their Board of Directors. Jennings began as a feature film producer and and has consistently attracted international award-winning talent including: Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda in Camilla; Miranda Richardson and Brenda Fricker in Swann; Gary Busey and Mark McInney in Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang; and Sandra Oh in Mina Shum’s Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity.

Shaftesbury also has a distribution arm which sells much of its own television product, either alone, through the Shaftesbury Sales Company, or in partnership with other worldwide sales agents and distributors.

Committed to meeting the global demand for multiplatform content, Shaftesbury recently acquired Smokebomb Entertainment, an award-winning developer of original multiplatform digital content. This groundbreaking deal moved Shaftesbury into the forefront of production of original content for the web and all digital media platforms.

Shaftesbury Films most recently received the 2009 Lionsgate/Maple Pictures Innovative Producer Award at the Banff World Television Festival. Christina Jennings has been honoured with the 2008 PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the RBC’s Canadian Women’s Entrepreneur Awards and, in 2007 Jennings was named Playback’s Person of the Year. In 2006 Christina was honoured by WIFT-T (Women in Film and Television – Toronto) with a Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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