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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TIFF top programmer Diana Sanchez departs

The long-time international programmer was named senior director, film, in 2019.

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Reelworld launches training program for Black entrepreneurs

The Reelworld Screen Institute established the program to help Black producers, casting directors, agents and managers build their business.

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Indie producers share what’s top of mind in 2022

TV and film producers share key questions about screen sector legislation, financing and content strategies as they head into the new year.

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Wow! Unlimited shareholders approve Genius Brands acquisition

The $66-million deal, which will see Genius Brands acquire all shares of Wow! Unlimited, is expected to complete in the first half of 2022.

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Playback’s most-read stories of 2021

We look back on the stories that earned the most attention from readers this year, reflecting the highs and lows of 2021.

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Canadian shorts make the cut in 2022 Oscar short list

Canadian shorts represented four of the 15 projects shortlisted in the animation category, with an additional two making the live action short category.

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Cineflix Productions sees evergreen possibilities with TV movie boom

Projects such as Miracle in Motor City and Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey have helped the prodco identify long-term value in the space.

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Muse Entertainment in development on crime drama with CBS

FBI co-creator Craig Turk has been tapped to co-write the series and serve as executive producer, with Muse’s Irene Litinsky (pictured) as co-EP.

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Cinema of Sleep wins best Canadian feature at Whistler Film Festival

The psychological thriller, written and directed by Jeffrey St. Jules, and Sarah Fortin’s Nouveau Quebec each picked up two prizes at the festival.

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Canadian-made series made waves globally in 2021

Recent data from Parrot Analytics offers insight about what Canadians are watching and what homegrown content is most in demand.

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Programmer profile: Corus Studios

The division of Corus Entertainment ends the year with a new sales record, buoyed by an expanded sales team, and enters 2022 looking for ‘left of centre’ pitches.

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Trudeau doubles down on campaign promises in Heritage mandate letter

The letter, published on Thursday (Dec. 16), reconfirms the government’s promise to table an amendment to the Broadcasting Act and increase funding for Telefilm, CMF and the Indigenous Screen Office.