Kelly Townsend

Contact Kelly by sending an email to ktownsend@brunico.com

Articles by Kelly Townsend
maddy-52w-feature

Playback’s 5 to Watch: Maddy Falle

The 2019 cohort begins with Gearshift Films development manager Falle, whose sharp instincts have made her an invaluable asset as the prodco expands into TV.

michelle-borth

Incendo brings No Good Deed to Montreal

The prodco’s fourth production of the year stars Michelle Borth (pictured) and is directed by Caroline Labreche.

shutterstock_Quarterly report

CRTC moves ahead with new Production Report

Broadcasters must complete the expanded and revamped report, which will replace the Programs of National Interest Report, by Feb. 20 of next year.

coroner-season-two-sop

Coroner rolls in Toronto for season two

Morwyn Brebner will return as showrunner for the CBC procedural, which became the pubcaster’s biggest drama debut in the last four years.

?????????????????????

Lark Productions adapting mystery novel The Glass Hotel for TV

NBCUniversal International Studios owns the adaptation rights to the upcoming novel from Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel (pictured).

kims-convenience-south-korea

Kim’s Convenience wins popular foreign drama in South Korea

The CBC half-hour comedy won the award through popular vote, with past recipients including NCIS, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who.

isa-benn

WIFT-T selects Isa Benn for DGC Ontario mentorship

This year marks the first time a recipient was selected by DGC members, with Molly McGlynn, Linsey Stewart and Rama Rau serving on the inaugural jury.

Still 1

PNP opens new HQ in Toronto

The company’s Vancouver base will cease operations at the end of August as the company moves to Toronto ahead of TIFF.

????????????????

CBC sets Jane Goodall doc for The Nature of Things

She Walks with Apes is co-directed by former CBC doc exec Mark Starowicz and narrated by Sandra Oh.

image001

Deals: Films We Like, Wattpad, Black Fawn Films

A Cannes-winning drama and a Canadian thriller pick up domestic distribution, while Wattpad lands a development deal with a pan-regional streamer.

money-finance-playback-02

HGF, Creative BC back four short films

The funds are distributed through the BC Shorts Program, which provides $20,000 in production financing to local filmmakers.

Peppa1

Hasbro to acquire eOne for $5.3B

A statement on the surprise deal says eOne’s domestic TV and film operations will continue to be a “distinct Canadian-controlled business.”