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

Canadian copros see recent box office success amidst global theatrical woes

Possessor and The Broken Hearts Gallery have both cracked the North American top 10 in their fall debuts, along with positive reviews from critics.

Anthony Q Farrell Headshot courtesy of marblemedia, Nicola Sievertson

BYUtv greenlights interconnected sitcoms from marblemedia

The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker feature members of a bi-racial blended family, created by Beachwood Canyon’s Frank van Keeken with Anthony Q. Farrell (pictured) as showrunner and EP.


Cineplex responds to temporary cinema closures in Ontario

Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob says there has been no evidence of COVID-19 spread at its theatres as the province temporarily shutters cinemas in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.


CBC, APTN to air special on residential school survivors

The 90-minute special is produced by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in collaboration with Insight Productions as part of Orange Shirt Day.


Deals: eOne, levelFILM, NFB, Nelvana

eOne takes over content distribution for My Little Pony: Pony Life with global sales, while levelFILM and Gravitas Ventures acquire Canadian titles and Nelvana brings its animated content to Vuulr.


CBC to eliminate 130 positions by end of 2020

The labour downsize is due to rising costs and reduced advertising and subscription revenue, according to Barbara Williams in a note to staff.


Thunderbird options social media smash series What If

A premium unscripted series based on the IP, which has garnered more than six billion views worldwide, is currently in development between Thunderbird and creative studio Underknown.


CTV wraps production on Just For Laughs comedy special

The Stand Up Show With Jon Dore filmed last month at Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre in front of a live, socially distanced audience for its eight-episode second season.


Pixomondo to open virtual production studio in Toronto

Construction on the facility, which Pixomondo says will be the ‘largest in the world,’ is set to be completed by the end of the year, with U.S. and Canadian productions already in talks to book space.


Broadcasters partner on HireBIPOC launch, create new greenlight mandate

Bell Media, CBC, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Sports & Media are foundational partners on the hiring database from BIPOC TV & Film with commitments to use the resource for original productions.


Birchwolfe’s under-the-radar VIFF debut

The Toronto-based prodco raised funds for VIFF world premiere Flowers of the Field outside of the usual funding avenues and now are looking for partners to grow the company.


Private Eyes gets back on the case

Global’s Private Eyes is in production in Toronto on season five, ahead of the anticipated fall premiere of its fourth season.