Co-head of Shaftesbury U.S., (USA)
Maggie Murphy is the Head of Shaftesbury U.S., the company’s newly launched division located in Los Angeles 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, Shaftesbury U.S. 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 the creation, from inception to series, for a variety of shows including VERONICA MARS. While there she developed the USA Networks hit IN PLAIN SIGHT with Mary McCormick and helped develop shows with SEX IN 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 the development executive for David Kelley. While there, she developed ALLY MCBEAL, THE PRACTICE and CHICAGO HOPE.
Ms. Murphy is also an associate professor at UCLA in the graduate TV film and digital department.