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

Brain Power options Fallen Angels Book Club for crime drama

Rhonda Baraka (pictured) is attached to write and executive produce the project, based on the mystery series from author R. Franklin James.


Saloon takes the ‘Scenic’ route with new copro

Blue Ant Studios-owned Saloon Media will coproduce a Bill Nighy-narrated natural history docuseries with U.K. prodco BriteSpark East, handling production in North America.

Where the Light Can’t Find You

How a mystery opened the door to a wider audience for Nelvana

The producers behind The Hardy Boys share how expanding to live action has helped Nelvana grow its audience reach and capitalize on the growing co-viewing trend.


In brief: CMPA launches STAR producer program

Plus: Tonya Williams joins Wow! Unlimited’s board of directors and Wattpad Studios brings in Erik Feig as an advisor.

Ariane Giroux-Dallaire

Ariane Giroux-Dallaire upped to VP at MK2 | Mile End

The veteran distribution exec will take an expanded role as the company looks to double down on its French-language strategy and expand its slate of English and foreign-language releases.

Robert Doane

CBC hires Robert Doane as Indigenous advisor

The former CBC journalist, host and producer will help the pubcaster amplify Indigenous voices in a newly created role to develop strategies for recruitment and training.


How acquisitions fit into Thunderbird’s ‘nimble’ 2021 strategy

The Vancouver-based company, which saw double-digit revenue increases in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, aims to boost its work with streaming services.

Sugar Daddy

Indie filmmakers put faith in film festivals

Clique Pictures’ Lauren Grant and Violator Films’ Lori Lozinski bring Sugar Daddy to Whistler with hopes of potential theatrical and VOD run in future.


Crave becomes exclusive Canadian streaming platform for Friends

The coveted U.S. sitcom will land on Crave on Dec. 31 as part of its entry-level package as the platform positions itself as a major competitor in the streaming market.


Industry veterans named to Order of Canada

Tom Jackson was promoted to the Order of Canada’s highest level, while comedian Dave Thomas, broadcaster Glenn O’Farrell and a number of actors and filmmakers were honoured.


Arcana hires Steve Pegram’s Maroon Cartoon to aid sales, production growth

The animation studio will work with Pegram to expand the sales and production strategy for its existing IP library, with content from Heroes of the Golden Masks and The Pixies on its production and development slates.


Cineplex, Universal strike 17-day theatrical window agreement

The deal comes months after AMC Theatres and Universal first opened an avenue to reduce the theatrical window, and the same week U.S. chain Cinemark signed a similar agreement.