Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Shaftesbury/Smokebomb; Chair, CMPA
With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an innovative creator and producer of original content for film, television and multiple platforms.
As Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Scott Garvie has overseen the negotiation and implementation of all development, financing, sales and recoupment arrangements for Shaftesbury since 1994. Garvie serves as executive producer on all of Shaftesbury’s productions and, as a result of his strategic relationships with key broadcast and financing partners, has overseen the negotiation and implementation of all development, financing, sales and recoupment arrangements for Shaftesbury since 1994. Garvie serves as executive producer on all of Shaftesbury’s productions and, as a result of his strategic relationships with key broadcast and financing partners, has been integral to the growth of the company into one of Canada’s leading creators of original content for multiple platforms. Garvie is currently Chair of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and has served on the Board of Directors for over 15 years. He also sits on the FilmOntario Board, is a former Chair of the Ontario Producer’s Panel and served on the board of the Canadian Television Fund for four years.
Shaftesbury is known for its innovative international co-production, financing and distribution partnerships as well as award-winning storytelling. Sold in 120 countries worldwide, Shaftesbury’s slate includes 10 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV; David Shore’s Houdini & Doyle, for Corus Entertainment, Fox, ITV and Sony; thriller series Slasher for Super Channel and NBCUniversal’s Chiller; and hit Kids’ CBC series The Moblees.
With a view to evolving media consumption habits and the impact of technology on traditional media, Jennings acquired groundbreaking digital studio Smokebomb Entertainment in 2008, which produces convergent experiences for television and original projects including branded entertainment. Smokebomb was named Playback’s Digital Producer of the Year in 2015.
In June 2014, Shaftesbury and Smokebomb launched shift2, an innovative agency that helps brands harness the power of video content on YouTube and explore their millennial voice using scripted series and social media to drive measurable results. With 50 million views and counting on the company’s KindaTV channel, which is the largest scripted YouTube channel for millennials in Canada, branded entertainment projects include the hit U by Kotex®-funded drama series Carmilla and mystery series V Morgan Is Dead, brought to life by RBC.
Shaftesbury Sales Company manages international sales and distribution for the company’s content, attending all major markets and conferences including MIPCOM, MIPJunior, MIPTV, MIPDoc, MIPCube, NATPE, STREAM, the Banff World Media Festival, Realscreen and Kidscreen.