Visiting Assistant Professor
Maggie Murphy is the co-head of Shaftesbury U.S., Shaftesbury's newly launched division located in Los Angeles focused on development for the U.S., Canadian and international markets. Shaftesbury U.S. has a dozen projects currently in development with others set up at major U.S. networks as well as in Canada. With more than 20 years experience in television development and production, 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 the 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. While there, she developed the USA Networks' hit In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack, 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). She also supervised the creation, from inception to series, of a variety of shows including Veronica Mars and Kevin Hill. Before CW, Murphy served as senior vice president during the inception of Regency TV. In her six-year tenure there, she helped create and develop top-rated series including Roswell, Bernie Mac and Malcolm in the Middle.
Murphy also served as the development executive for David E. Kelley. In that capacity, she developed Ally McBeal, The Practice and Chicago Hope.