In 1961, he produced an unsuccessful pilot for a medical drama series to be called, "Dr. Kate" starring Jane Wyman
and Rhys Williams
. The drama was based on the long-running radio series.
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Shaftel was a concert violinist at the age of sixteen. He later worked as a wartime news photographer, covering the conflict in Israel in 1948. His exploits formed the basis of a 1962 book, "Star in the Wind". He entered the film industry as a producer in 1953. Shaftel set up a scholarship fund for musically gifted youths for the Yehudi Menuhin School.