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

Film festival legend Dimitri Eipides dies at 82

The longtime TIFF programmer and co-founder of the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema paved the way for international cinema in Canada during his lifetime of work.


Telefilm says no misconduct occurred following employee investigation

While the federal funder has “adjusted internal practices” in its project financing team processes, the investigation concluded “no harassment, discrimination or misconduct had occurred.”


How Peacock Alley quietly continued their momentum in 2020

President Carrie Mudd looks back on their first service production, out this month on Netflix, and how they’ve learned to be more strategic with their development slate.


Bell Media Studios taps Trey Anthony as development producer

The ‘Da Kink in My Hair creator will help Bell Media’s in-house production team develop and produce unscripted formats for the global market.

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Boat Rocker folds Temple Street into scripted division

Kerry Appleyard has been named as SVP, creative affairs, at Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted, effective today, as Boat Rocker Media retires the Temple Street banner.


In brief: Project 10 partners with BIPOC TV & Film on comedy accelerator

Plus: Wattpad readies production for three original series in Indonesia and Shaftesbury supports a new creative writer residency at Victoria College.

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Canadian Moment of the Year 2020: Schitt’s Creek’s Emmy sweep

The historic Schitt’s Sweep was the height of a game-changing year for Canadian television as international appetite for Cancon climbed to new heights.


Unscripted Series of the Year 2020: Canada’s Drag Race

Viral moments and a spotlight on Canada’s unique drag culture made Canada’s Drag Race an unquestionable hit for Crave and producer Blue Ant Studios.

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Access Reelworld, CBC partner for francophone expansion

CBC/Radio-Canada will support the film festival’s launch of a French-language landing page for its hiring database to be more inclusive to francophone talent.


Crave to debut French-language version of Corner Gas Animated

An all-Quebecois cast has voiced seasons two and three, to be released on Crave on Dec. 18, days after the premiere of the series’ first Christmas special.

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Telefilm to fund all eligible projects within development program

The film funder expanded the budget for its development streams due to an “overwhelming” number of applicants, allowing all eligible projects to access funding.


EXCLUSIVE: PNP ups Sarde Hardie to VP role

Hardie, who first joined the distributor in 2019, will lead its sales and acquisitions strategy as the company moves forward with its production plans in 2021.