Jonathan M. Shiff

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Jonathan M. Shiff
Jonathan Mark Shiff

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Alma materSwinburne University of Technology
  • Lawyer
  • television producer
Years active1988–present
Known forJonathan M. Shiff Productions Edit this at Wikidata

Jonathan Mark Shiff, better known as Jonathan M. Shiff, is an Australian television producer of children's television series. After leaving his work as a lawyer, he founded his Melbourne-based production company, Jonathan M. Shiff Productions, in 1988. His company produces programs for children and families, which are screened in 170 countries.[1] He is regarded in the industry as being known for discovering Australian talent who go on to successful international careers, such as Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin.[2]

Notable Projects[edit]

Shiff is best known for producing the Ocean Girl series, the H2O: Just Add Water series and spinoff Mako Mermaids, which stream on Netflix.[3] Shiff currently produces the television series The Bureau of Magical Things.[4]

Upcoming projects[edit]

While his professional homepage hints that a movie of 90 minutes length has been produced for Mako Mermaids,[5] the B2B-site that ZDF Enterprises — distributor of the H2O franchise — operates for said show, shows no sign of such movie produced.[6]

Shiff also hinted the Movie on social media.[7][8]



Title Year Credited as Network Production company Notes
Creator Producer Executive
The Pandas: Fei Fei and Xiao Xiao China's Living Treasures 1988 Yes No Westbridge Films Documentary
Search for the World's Most Secret Animals 1989 No Yes Documentary
Kelly 1991–92 No Network 10 Westbridge Entertainment
Baby Bath Massacre 1994 Yes No Jonathan M. Shiff Productions Television film
Ocean Girl 1994–97 Yes Yes Network 10
Thunderstone 1999–2000 Executive producer (season 3)
The New Adventures of Ocean Girl 2000 No No Media World Features
Horace and Tina 2001 Yes Yes Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Cybergirl 2001–02 Jonathan M. Shiff Productions & Daniel Scharf Productions
Pirate Islands 2003 Concept Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Wicked Science 2004–06
Scooter: Secret Agent 2005
H2O: Just Add Water 2006–10 Yes
The Lost Treasure of Fiji 2007 No Banana J Media
The Elephant Princess 2008–11 Yes Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Lightning Point 2012 No
Reef Doctors 2013
Mako: Island of Secrets 2013–16 Developer
The Bureau of Magical Things 2018–present Yes Eleven
10 Shake


  1. ^ "Profile". Jonathan M. Shiff Productions. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Jonathan Shiff; a mind of magical things". 26 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ Bulbek, Pip (26 June 2013). "Netflix Acquires Australian TV Series 'Mako Mermaids'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  4. ^ Groves, Don (20 July 2020). "Jonathan M. Shiff on new shooting protocols and why the TV Producer Offset must be doubled". IF Magazine. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Jonathan M. Shiff's official site". Retrieved 13 January 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Mako Mermaids". Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ jonathanmshiff (11 April 2015). "@ALavigneLatest we are:) Season 3 starts filming tomorrow and movie to follow. Some new faces and some old ones return to Mako". @ufojmsp. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Jonathan M Shiff on Instagram: "Thanks Shanghai! Can't wait till #makomermaids movie brings Weilan home. 🎬💍👏"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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