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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EXCLUSIVE: Whistler film festival unveils first titles for 21st edition

Six Canadian films will world premiere at the festival alongside a special theatrical presentation of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.


In brief: Hot Docs, Netflix to bring funny-but-true stories to life

Plus: APTN drama Tribal gets the festival treatment ahead of its season two premiere and Guru’s latest hire.

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Rogers invests $7.5 million to 62 unscripted projects

The latest funding round from the Rogers Group of Funds has selected a raft of Canadian docuseries and films.


Private Eyes goes out on top

eOne’s Jocelyn Hamilton discusses the ratings performance of the final season and if there’s still a future in store for the series.


How virtual production became a reality for indie prodcos

Canadian companies are offering cost-effective solutions for indie filmmakers so they can afford the latest filmmaking tech tools Hollywood already embraces.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Holds Election Night Event In Montreal

Industry urges swift action following federal election result

As the Liberals remain in power with another minority government, industry stakeholders expect them to fulfill their promise to table new legislation around the Broadcasting Act soon.

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HGF awards $111K to three teams for Shorts-to-Feature program

Three production teams from Ontario, Quebec and B.C. will receive funding to produce a short film based on their feature script.

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Love Nature expands content partnership with Sky

The deal marks an ‘important milestone in Love Nature’s history,’ according to Carlyn Staudt, the brand’s global general manager.


The Canadian winners from the 2021 Emmy Awards

Streaming services came out on top at the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards with Netflix earning the most trophies.


TIFF ’21: Ste. Anne, Scarborough among Canadian winners

The annual film festival closed with the TIFF Tribute Awards on CTV, naming the 2021 People’s Choice Award winner, the Platform prize and its jury honours.

Canadians Head To The Polls For The National Election

Is there room for screen industry optimism in the federal election?

Industry stakeholders discuss what the Sept. 20 election will mean for the future of the Broadcasting Act.


CBC, Paramount+ order medical drama from Piazza Entertainment

Production is currently underway in Manitoba and Ontario on SKYMED, which follows the turbulent lives of nurses and pilots mounting rescues from air ambulances in Northern Canada.