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Smokebomb Entertainment is an award-winning digital media production company creating groundbreaking original transmedia projects and engaging convergent extensions for television. Combining world-class storytelling, integrated 2nd screen experiences and innovative social campaigns, Smokebomb builds compelling storyworlds for tweens and the 16-34 demographic. We are the digital arm of production and distribution company Shaftesbury.

Recent projects include the award-winning Totally Amp’d – the world’s first App series for tweens on iOS, the International Emmy-nominated Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, the buddy road trip comedy Backpackers for CW Seed and CTV and State of Syn, an innovative transmedia 3D motion comic with Jewel State (Firefly; L.A. Complex) David Hewlett (Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis).

Jay Bennett


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SVP Creative & Innovation

Jay Bennett is an Emmy Award® winning leader in the global digital landscape whose unique creative vision has been appearing on screens of all sizes for almost a decade.  A regular speaker on digital and transmedia entertainment Jay has created and produced numerous award-winning productions and applications. From the world’s first App series Totally Amp’d – named a ‘Killer App’ by Wired Magazine in 2012, to the Emmy nominated live-action comic hybrid Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, to the award-winning transmedia storyworld State of Syn, to the buddy road trip comedy Backpackers.

A touchstone of his work has been blending storytelling with innovative technologies and social strategies, bringing a 360° approach to mainstream audience engagement. International clients include Disney, BBC, CW, Astral, UKTV and CTV.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria. He has worked in India, the UK, the Netherlands andCanada and has had further media training with the National Film Board of Canada the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association and the CFC.

Ted Biggs


Ted Biggs

VP Convergent & Technology

Ted has 18 years experience making interactive media, for the past decade focusing primarily on digital work for the film and TV industry. He has produced dm projects for all major Canadian and several international broadcasters, including, Disney, Cartoon Network International, BBC and an array of TV and film producers from around the world. His projects have garnered several notable award nominations and wins, including; three  International Emmy Award nominations and two wins, two Rose D’Or Wins, Gemini, Banff and Webby awards. He has worked as a TV and documentary producer and writer, and was involved in the startup of Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre at Pinewood Toronto Studios, an industry ‘playground’ for advanced entertainment technology.

As a VP and partner in the tech startup, the Augmented World Engine Co., he worked in close collaboration with the Ryerson Faculty of Engineering, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Seneca school of animation developing the most advanced augmented reality product in the world.


Christina Jennings


Christina Jennings

Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury Inc.

One of Canada’s most accomplished producers, Christina Jennings founded Shaftesbury in 1987 and has since built the company into a position of unique leadership and strength as a leading creator and distributor of the highest quality television and multiplatform content worldwide.

Shaftesbury is known for its innovative international partnerships as well as award-winning storytelling spanning including four seasons of one-hour drama series The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels; and six seasons of the Victorian-era detective series Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv, UKTV, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and new Canadian broadcast partner CBC. Shaftesbury’s extensive slate of programming for kids and families includes the global hit series Life with Derek and its movie follow up, Vacation with Derek. Jennings oversees and serves as executive producer on all of Shaftesbury’s productions.

Shaftesbury’s divisions include in-house digital media group Smokebomb Entertainment, creating companion web experiences and original transmedia projects such as Totally Amp’d and State of Syn; Shaftesbury Sales Company, managing international sales and distribution; and Shaftesbury U.S., the company’s Los Angeles-based development division.

Kaaren Whitney-Vernon


Kaaren Whitney-Vernon

CEO, Shift2

With 15 years of experience at the helm of Youth Culture, Kaaren is a sought-after expert who has been instrumental in creating successful brands, including Vervegirl, which remains the top-ranked teen magazine in Canada and is distributed in over 1,100 high schools and online through Barnes & Noble in the U.S. Youth Culture created the highly successful syndicated study, Trendscan, a report on teen lifestyle, providing valuable data for marketing to youth in Canada for more than 35 national and international brands. Additionally, Kaaren served as executive producer of The Avenue starring Gigi Gorgeous, one of the first reality shows on YouTube, which garnered over 2.5 million views and developed a loyal fan following.

Ryan St. Peters


Ryan St.Peters

VP Sales & Business Development

As VP, Sales and Business Development, St. Peters develops and implements global television and digital pre-sales, sales and distribution strategies for Shaftesbury and its digital media division, Smokebomb Entertainment. He also drives partnerships with third-party producers with a focus on acquiring kids, factual and digital content for distribution, and works with digital platforms worldwide to maximize exposure and revenue for Smokebomb’s slate of digital properties.

During his tenure with the company, St. Peters has placed Shaftesbury content in 120 markets worldwide with leading broadcasters and platforms including BBC, Sky, Hulu, HBO, Starz, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, KiKA, Super RTL, France Television, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Science Channel and National Geographic Channel.

St. Peters joined Shaftesbury in 2005. Prior to joining Shaftesbury, he served as marketing manager at Pearson Education, a leading college publisher. He holds a degree in film studies and communication from the University of Southern California and the University of Ottawa.



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