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
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Peacock Alley adds new development, production roles

The Toronto-based prodco has hired Diana Foley and Eli Campbell in newly created development roles for factual and scripted, respectively, and named a post-production director.

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Gusto names Carrie Gillis as VP and general manager

Gillis will oversee operations, sales and marketing in the newly created position, based out of Gusto’s Ottawa studio.

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Reel World Management to adapt Eternity Springs book series

Empire and The Cosby Show actor Phylicia Rashad is expected to star in the series, as well as executive produce.

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Blue Ant Media teams with Bristow’s CCF for unscripted IP

The Toronto-based broadcaster, producer and distributor will work with the Content Catalyst Fund to bring women-created IP to the global market.

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Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie to depart in March

Hot Docs president Chris McDonald will temporarily take over Hendrie’s responsibilities while the board of directors searches for a new executive director.

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Quebecor Content brings The Masked Singer format to Canada

Productions Déferlantes will adapt the popular singing competition format for the Quebec market, set to premiere on TVA in the fall.

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How REALLIFE Pictures brings diverse Canadian voices to the global market

The boutique literary agency and prodco has leveraged its industry experience to maximize opportunities for marginalized voices to sell their work.

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Peacock Alley names Mary Anne Waterhouse as EVP of content production

The prolific producer will lead Peacock Alley Entertainment’s content production team as it expands its development slate for coproductions and features.

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Primitive Entertainment to coproduce body-focused docuseries

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has boarded worldwide sales rights, excluding Canada, for the docuseries, which will have its Canadian premiere on Crave.

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EXCLUSIVE: Wapanatahk Media launches in partnership with GPM

The B.C.-based prodco is founded and co-owned by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, with its first production set to roll in the spring.

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Cineplex anticipates growth in 2021 following steep revenue decline

The company’s overall revenue in 2020 fell 74.9%, but CEO Ellis Jacob says the company is “well-positioned” for “inevitable resurgence”.

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How 21 Black Futures merged the stage and screen

21 Black Futures producer and Obsidian Theatre artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu shares how the hybrid theatre and film model struggles to become financially sustainable.