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.

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Jane Rimer named SVP, Canada at Banijay Rights

The former Insight Productions exec will oversee Canadian sales for the global distribution company as it evolves its international sales structure.


EXCLUSIVE: First projects revealed for Game Theory distribution fund

Titles from producers and filmmakers Anna Fahr, Alexander Lasheras and Nach Dudsdeemaytha are the first to receive support from the initiative for Black, Indigenous and people of colour creatives.


Blue Ant sells portion of Enthusiast Gaming stake for $14 million

Blue Ant will continue to hold a minority stake in the Toronto-based esports and gaming company, which has seen record growth in recent months.

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CAB argues against CBC’s ‘market-driven’ licence proposal

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters raises the red flag on CBC becoming too competitive with private broadcasters, urging the CRTC to hold the public broadcaster to its expenditure and local programming requirements.

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Deals: eOne, Cineflix Rights, Guru Studio

Cancon flies to Brazil, Guru Studio sets its licensing and merchandising plans for Pikwik Pack in the U.K. and Cineflix Rights takes My Big Family Farm global.


How the industry is moving from consultation to action on diversity

Women in Film and Television Canada sought to bring positive vibes to 2021 with a panel on how the industry is moving forward to help underrepresented voices get a foot in the door.

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Amazon greenlights docuseries on Toronto Maple Leafs

All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs is Amazon Prime Video’s second Canadian original series and is part of the streamer’s “continued investment in Canada.”


Is Amazon Studios preparing to open a Canadian division?

Could a new listing for a Toronto-based scripted development executive mean a significant investment in original Canadian content for the streaming service?

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Transparency issues top of mind as CBC broadcast licence hearing gets underway

The CRTC examined what a digital regulatory framework will look like for CBC as they ask for flexibility in their programming requirements.


‘Together we’re going to fight:’ ACTRA T.O.’s new president

Newly elected president David Gale says he will work with members to bring more representation to the union as he steps into his two-year term.


Crave renews Canada’s Drag Race for season two

Casting is underway for the second season of the Canadian drag sensation, with production expected to begin in the coming months.

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Lisa Meeches, Carolle Brabant named to Order of Canada

Meeches and Brabant are among 61 new appointments, while Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob was recently honoured with the Order of Ontario.