Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend is a senior reporter and special reports editor 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
Crimes of the Future

Crimes of the Future buzz builds ahead of Cannes bow

Director David Cronenberg and producer Robert Lantos discuss the internet fervour surrounding the world premiere and the marketing strategy for its theatrical release.


Whistler Film Festival unveils 2022 Producers Lab cohort

The seven chosen producers are the first to receive $500 in financial support through the newly-established David Miller Legacy Award.

Night Blooms

Night Blooms leads nominations for Screen Nova Scotia Awards

The 2022 awards include eliminated categories for the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance and two new awards, with the winners to be announced at an in-person gala event on June 18 in Halifax.


Boat Rocker’s Matador Content revs up Discovery+ series with Robert Downey Jr.

The unscripted series, set to premiere later this year, follows Downey as he works with experts to restore classic cars to be more eco-friendly.


KOTV appoints Mia Desroches as VP, international distribution

Montreal’s KOTV has hired the former CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution exec to accelerate its distribution strategy on the global market.

The cast of Family Law - Photo courtesy of Global

EXCLUSIVE: Global renews Family Law for third season

This is the second early renewal for the Canadian legal drama, produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, which goes to camera in Vancouver on May 24.


Avi Federgreen’s Indiecan launches Red Water Entertainment

The distribution arm focuses on genre-specific films, and has launched with a six-film slate, including Karen Lam’s The Curse of Willow Song.


Cineflix Productions film slate sells overseas

The slate includes a mix of holiday and true crime films commissioned by Lifetime.

Thunderbird revenue dips slightly in Q3

The decrease in revenue and free cash flow are attributed to program delivery timings and production costs in the quarter, with the company still on track to increase overall revenue for the fiscal year-end.


Banijay Asia to produce Indian adaptation of Pixcom’s Vertige

The Banijay-owned production studio will produce the series in partnership with rights holder Armoza Formats.


Cineplex says revenues approaching pre-pandemic levels in Q1 2022

The national theatre chain reported $228.7 million in revenue during the quarter despite a number of closures and restrictions, with films such as The Batman and Spider-Man: No Way Home driving attendance.


Boat Rocker CEO says ‘intrinsic value’ not reflected in share prices

The Toronto-based media company reported an 11% decrease in revenue for Q1 2022, with kids and family profits offsetting losses in television revenue.