From a media release:
SHAFTESBURY FILMS’ LIFE WITH DEREK WINS SHAW ROCKET PRIZE
Shaftesbury Films’ youth comedy series Life with Derek has won the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize, it was announced last night at an industry event in Toronto. Life with Derek airs on Family in Canada.
Shaftesbury Films will divide the award’s $50,000 purse between the Canadian Film Centre, to be used on a kids’ TV writing and producing intern program; PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), a coalition of Canadians concerned about bullying; and Life with Derek creator Daphne Ballon. To learn more about these organizations, visit www.prevnet.ca and www.cfccreates.com .
Life with Derek is translated into 19 languages and airs in more than 115 countries worldwide, including the U.S. (Disney Channel), France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand.
“Shaftesbury is honoured to have the opportunity to share this prize with our valuable partners,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury Films. “Life with Derek has been a terrific experience for Shaftesbury and we are very happy to receive this recognition.”
“We are thrilled that Life with Derek has been awarded the Shaw Rocket Prize and congratulate Christina and her team on this achievement,” said Kevin Wright, Senior Vice President of Programming, Astral Television Networks. “This smart and entertaining series continues to rank as one of the most popular on Family Channel and we are proud of the series’ ongoing success both here in Canada and around the world.”
Life with Derek is a half-hour comedy series about a modern blended family , which has forced together two willful teenagers, Casey (Ashley Leggat) and Derek (Michael Seater), each used to being in charge and each determined to keep it that way. Caught in the middle, and changing sides depending on the issue or the size of the bribe, are Casey’s little sister Lizzie (Jordan Todosey), Derek’s little brother Edwin (Daniel Magder) and his little sister Marti (Ariel Waller).
Created by Daphne Ballon and commissioned by Family Channel, Life with Derek (70 X 30′) is produced by Shaftesbury Films and distributed internationally by Shaftesbury Sales Company.