Maggie Murphy

Co-head of Shaftesbury U.S., (USA)

Mag­gie Murphy is the Head of Shaft­es­bury U.S and focused on devel­op­ment for the U.S., Cana­dian and inter­na­tion­al mar­kets. Shaft­es­bury US has a dozen pro­jects cur­rently in devel­op­ment with pro­jects set up at the major net­works in the US, Canada, as well as the one-hour drama Houd­ini & Doyle, picked up to series for ITV in Lon­don, FOX in the US, and SHAW in Canada – with Dav­id Shore, the cre­at­or of House. With more than 20 years’ exper­i­ence in tele­vi­sion devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion, Mag­gie Murphy most recently served as Seni­or Vice Pres­id­ent of Devel­op­ment for Cook­ie Jar Enter­tain­ment.  Pri­or to that, she served as Pres­id­ent of Kiefer Sutherland’s East­side Enter­tain­ment, part of 20th Cen­tury Fox, where she over­saw devel­op­ment of com­edy and drama for tele­vi­sion, film and digit­al media and brokered deals for prop­erty acquis­i­tion and Emmy award-win­ning writer Michael Caleo (The Sop­ranos) and Pulitzer Prize-win­ning journ­al­ist Lucinda Franks, among oth­ers. Before that, Murphy served as Seni­or Vice Pres­id­ent of Drama Devel­op­ment for UPN/CW.  She also super­vised cre­ation, from incep­tion to series, of a vari­ety of shows includ­ing Veron­ica Mars.  In this peri­od she developed the USA Net­works hit In Plain Sight with Mary McCormick and helped devel­op shows with Sex and The City exec­ut­ive pro­du­cer Dar­ren Star, Black Hawk Down dir­ect­or Simon West, Vam­pire Diar­ies writer Kev­in Wil­li­am­son and Academy Award win­ner Diablo Cody, (Juno).  Before CW, Murphy served as Seni­or Vice Pres­id­ent dur­ing the incep­tion of Regency TV. Dur­ing her six-year ten­ure there, she helped cre­ate and devel­op top-rated series includ­ing Roswell, Bernie Mac, and Mal­colm in the Middle. Murphy also worked in devel­op­ment early in her career at 20th Cen­tury Fox where she was involved in the devel­op­ment of X‑Files and The Simpsons. Ms. Murphy also served as Devel­op­ment Exec­ut­ive for Dav­id Kel­ley, developed Ally McBeal, The Prac­tise and Chica­go Hope.  She is also an asso­ci­ate pro­fess­or at UCLA in the gradu­ate TV Film and Digit­al depart­ment.