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

Reel Canada, Netflix commission original shorts for National Canadian Film Day

The 11 shorts, created by 15 filmmakers across the country, will be available to view on the annual Canadian film celebration on April 21.

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Ontario union targets on-set jargon to combat systemic racism

NABET 700-M UNIFOR has published a bulletin of discriminatory terms that should no longer be used on sets, with industry groups such as the CMPA, DGC and BIPOC TV & Film already committing support.

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Tim Mutimer tapped as next Cineflix Rights CEO

The former Banijay Rights exec will take the reins of Cineflix Media’s U.K. distribution arm when current CEO Chris Bonney retires later this year.


Six Canadian projects chosen for 2021 Hot Docs Forum

Among the titles selected for the virtual documentary pitch event are Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier-produced Swan Song and Lisa Jackson’s Wilfred Buck.

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CBC, Nickelodeon Int’l, ITV, BYUtv greenlight marblemedia’s next family comedy

Overlord and the Underwoods is created by Anthony Q. Farrell and Cloudco Entertainment’s Ryan Wiesbrock, with an Oscar-winning designer on board to craft its unique characters.


Rogers to acquire Shaw in $26 billion deal

The legacies of Ted Rogers and JR Shaw are set to merge in the massive deal, with the Shaw family to become one of the largest shareholders of Rogers Communications.


Campagna’s Six Guns for Hire rolls in Toronto

Colm Feore will headline the western, written and co-directed by Matthew Campagna alongside co-director Melissa D’Agostino, with production launched this week.


Crave’s first French-language original to debut this spring

While the streamer has steadily increased its French-language content since early 2020, Sortez-moi de moi will be the first Crave original series.


Super Channel hosts The Parker Andersons on Heart & Home

The broadcaster has picked up the Canadian rights to marblemedia and Beachwood Canyon Productions’ related sitcoms about a blended interracial family.


Kim’s Convenience cast ‘heartbroken’ following decision to scrap season six

The series had been renewed for a sixth season by CBC in 2020, but will now come to an end on April 13.


Big Bad Boo hires Nikki Whaites as VP, international development

Based in Toronto, Whaites will help the company build on its existing education program work with organizations such as UNICEF.


Transplant leads WGC Screenwriting Awards nominations

Winners of the annual Canadian screenwriting celebration will be announced virtually on April 26, when the guild will reveal the 2021 Showrunner of the Year.