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

Telefilm invests $12M to 29 French- and English-language features

The latest round of funding for lower budget features includes projects from Hubert Davis, Kathleen Hepburn, Fab Filippo, Reem Morsi, Vanessa Matsui and Deragh Campbell.

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Super Channel greenlights Go Button Media’s Secret Nazi Expeditions

The historical docuseries is the second Super Channel Fuse commission for Go Button Media in 2021 and will go to camera later this year.

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Rhombus Media’s The North Water finds Canadian broadcasters

The Canada/U.K. treaty copro is part of the continued collaboration between CBC and BBC and will premiere in Canada on Super Channel this fall.

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Virtual stage for short-term projects set to open in Toronto

The location, built “for productions of all sizes,” is the first of two stages to open in 2021 as part of the $30 million partnership between William F. White International and Pixomondo.


EXCLUSIVE: Pacific Northwest Pictures rebrands to Photon Films

The name change comes as the company rebrands as a producer and distributor, stating domestic production is its “next phase” for growth.

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Dear Evan Hansen to open 46th edition of TIFF

Michael McGowan’s All My Puny Sorrows is among the Canadian titles to world premiere among the gala and special presentations program.


Orca Cove Media unveils doc feature slate in rebrand

The former Drama Camp Productions banner, led by Harold C. Joe and Leslie D. Bland, is focusing on First Nations storytelling, while currently in production on the feature A Cedar is Life.

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Telefilm commits $14.2M to 12 French-language films

Dramas from Denis Côté and Philippe Lesage and a comedy from Denys Arcand are among the selected titles.


Hilda wins Daytime Emmy for children’s animated series

The Netflix animated series, co-produced by Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks, picked up two Daytime Emmy awards at the weekend ceremonies.


EXCLUSIVE: 5’7 Films hires four to its exec team

The Toronto prodco has expanded its scope with new development deals as it readies the international release of Faking a Murderer (pictured).


Serendipity Point Films, Beta Film partner on Rise of the Raven

The 10-episode Hungary/Canada copro will bring Hungarian author Bán Mór’s best-selling novels to the screen with pre-production currently underway.

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WarnerMedia names inaugural participants of writers program

Writers Jessica Meya, JP Larocque and Ryan Cooper are among the 18 selected participants of the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program.