Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend is a staff writer at Playback, with previous experience in B2B and entertainment journalism. Before joining the Playback team in 2018, she worked in the editorial, marketing and communication departments at B2B publisher Dovetail Communications. She has a bachelor's degree in English from York University and is a graduate of Humber College’s journalism program. Her byline has appeared in IndieWire and she spent several years covering Canadian TV as associate editor of The TV Junkies.

Posts by Kelly Townsend

Cineplex to bring Monkey Beach to theatres across Canada

The supernatural film, produced and directed by Loretta Todd, opens in additional B.C. locations today and will release in cities across Canada on Oct. 30.


CRTC orders Bell to pay $17.9M to production funders after spending misallocation

The CRTC says Bell used its community programming money to cross-promote commercial properties as well as fund its local news stations and independent producer fees.


Hulu acquires exclusive U.S. rights to Jann

The first two seasons of the Jann Arden-led sitcom will be available to U.S. audiences in early 2021 in a deal secured by the series’ producers.


How company values are a key asset in hiring, firing

Leaders from Dark Slope and Portfolio Entertainment share key strategies for hiring and firing employees to create a successful and efficient work culture.

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How data will increasingly drive the entertainment biz

Producers will need to arm themselves with audience data as the industry shifts to a consumer-based model, according to Fandango president Paul Yanover in a recent Q&A session at the CIX Digital Summit.


Audible teams with Canadian producers on originals slate

Georgia Knox, Canada country manager at Audible, shares the service’s content strategy and ambitions to continue to foster relationships with local producers and offer brand extension for IP.


Thunderbird rides the streaming wave to revenue growth

The Vancouver company saw a 41% increase in revenue in fiscal 2020 as it increases its service production output to capitalize on the influx in streaming content demand.


CBC greenlights LGBTQ comedy from Sienna Films

Sort Of, now shooting in Toronto, is created by playwright Bilal Baig and actor/writer/director Fab Filippo and follows a gender fluid Millennial trying to balance their identities.

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In brief: Metafilms, Screen Siren among Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund recipients

Plus: Deepa Mehta is honoured with the DGC Visionaries Award and AMI debuts a slate of original podcasts to premiere between October and November.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Fatuma Adar

Playback is pleased to introduce the first of its 10 to Watch recipients. Kicking things off is Somali-Canadian playwright Fatuma Adar, whose fresh voice on the stage has led to a pilot in development with CBC.


Beans, Inconvenient Indian win audience awards at VIFF

Tracey Deer’s feature-length drama Beans (pictured) also won Best Canadian Film at the festival, which ran from Sept. 24 to Oct. 7.


Canadian copros see recent box office success amidst global theatrical woes

Possessor and The Broken Hearts Gallery have both cracked the North American top 10 in their fall debuts, along with positive reviews from critics.