Born in Toronto, Canada, Karen Shaw graduated from McGill University with a BA in cultural studies. Her last year of University was completed abroad at Tel Aviv University where she was commissioned by a non-profit organisation in Israel to produce and direct a documentary entitled Physicians For Human Rights (2000).
Shaw returned to Toronto and worked with producer Robert Lantos at his boutique production company, Serendipity Point Films where she contributed to such productions as: Norman Jewison’s The Statement (2003); Istvan Szabo’s Being Julia (2004); and Atom Egoyan’s Where The Truth Lies (2005).
In 2007 Shaw co-produced the independent feature film Jack & Jill vs. The World (2007), starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Taryn Manning. She secured Telefilm development funding for the Israeli/Canadian coproduction The Good Fence (2009), written by award-winning author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis. In 2010, Shaw travelled to Nigeria and filmed a documentary entitled Nigeria’s Climate In Crisis (2011) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, which has screened internationally in Mexico City, Ghana and South Africa.
Shaw is currently in post-production on the independent feature film, Khoya, written and directed by Sami Khan and filmed in India and Canada. The film was recently selected as one of only five narrative features to Tribeca’s prestigious mentorship lab, Tribeca-All-Access. In 2012, Shaw was selected as one of eight Canadian producers to participate in the Trans-Atlantic Partnership program – a producer’s lab in partnership with New York’s IFP, Strategic Partners (Canada) and Erich Pommer Institute (Berlin).
Currently Shaw is in development on the multi-platform children’s live-action series entitled Urban Tales.