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.

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Drunken Birds

Drunken Birds to represent Canada for 2022 Oscars

UPDATED: The film, which recently had its world bow at TIFF, will be submitted for Best International Feature Film for the 94th Academy Awards.


How HBO Max boarded CBC’s buzzy comedy Sort Of

The series’ co-creators and executive producer discuss the making of the show and its global interest ahead of its premiere on CBC Gem.


In brief: NFT film auction raises more than $93,000

Plus: The NFB unveils a new interactive installation in Dubai, the ROM hosts a special world premiere for a film honouring Alanis Obomsawin, and more.


CMF names first recipients for Pilot Program

The Pilot Program for Racialized Communities was one of seven programs that unveiled funding, totaling $49.3 million across 112 projects.


Deals: eOne, NFB, Radio-Canada

Entertainment One marks its first Spanish-language acquisition, the NFB acquires Reel Injun ahead of museum exhibit debut, and more.


CTV Comedy orders scripted original from Tina Keeper’s Kistikan Pictures

Acting Good stars co-creator Paul Rabliauskas, with fellow creators Amber-Sekowan Daniels, Eric Toth and Pat Thornton set to co-showrun.


How Canada’s broadcasters are honouring truth and reconciliation

Producers and programmers discuss pulling together projects such as the multi-network special National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in time for Sept. 30.


Cineflix settlement is ‘key moment’ for factual worker rights

If signed, a collective agreement between Cineflix Media and unions CWA Canada and IATSE would mark Canadian TV history.

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Cineflix to settle class-action lawsuit with factual TV workers

The media company has reached a settlement agreement following a 2018 class action lawsuit from Toronto firm Cavalluzzo on behalf of workers.


Run the Burbs rounds out cast

Now in production in Toronto and Hamilton, the Pier 21 Films comedy will premiere on CBC in winter 2022.


All My Puny Sorrows leads film nominees for 2021 DGC Awards

DGC will name the winners in the film and TV categories in a virtual ceremony on Oct. 23.

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Cineflix Productions forms joint venture with U.S. partners

Led by showrunner Will Spjut (pictured), Shiny Screens Entertainment will produce unscripted content and formats.