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

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.


Marblemedia expands scripted division with first L.A. hire

Former Disney Channel star A.J. Trauth will serve in the newly created role of VP, kids to develop original scripted content, while Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy’s remit grows.


Clement Virgo has already claimed his place in film and TV history

The director, writer and producer will be given the Award of Excellence from the Reelworld Film Festival for his body of work, but with an upcoming miniseries with the Obamas in the works, his career has far from peaked.

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CBS All Access greenlights Canadian comedy docuseries

For Heaven’s Sake is produced by Muse Entertainment, in association with CBC, and features two comedians as they take on a real-life missing person cold case.


Deals: Incendo, Cineflix Rights, WildBrain Spark

Incendo sparks a new deal with Fox Entertainment, Cineflix Rights secures international deals for An Ordinary Woman and WildBrain Spark lands Power Players.


Monkey Beach’s 10-year journey from print to screen

Director and producer Loretta Todd shares the importance of shooting the film in a Haisla community and how Indigenous filmmakers are fighting for a sustainable indie film culture in Western Canada.


Workin’ Moms gets back in business

The fifth season of Workin’ Moms is the latest CBC series to head into production this month as its winter 2021 slate heats up.


WildBrain 2020 revenue steady, despite COVID bumps

The Halifax-based company’s 2020 revenue was down a modest 3% from the previous year after a Q4 bump in production income, helping to offset ad revenue losses.


TallBoyz get the laughs going for season two

Production is underway on season two of the CBC sketch comedy, with Bruce McCulloch serving as showrunner and directing all eight episodes.