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

Director James Mark takes Control in Toronto

Cameras roll on Mark’s fourth feature this month, using real-time virtual production services from Toronto-based studio Immersion Room.


Netflix launches Women in Post with Canadian Academy through global fund

The program is supported through a US$5 million investment in women-targeted programs, with funding also going to two scripts developed through imagineNATIVE.

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Blue Ant Media to launch BBC First in Canada

The channel is an extension of Blue Ant’s partnership with BBC Studios following the launch of BBC Earth in 2017, and will feature scripted and unscripted programming.


Roku acquires The Wedding Planners for U.S. audiences

The Brain Power Studio-produced series was commissioned by Citytv in 2020 for its Fall in Love Fridays lineup.


Filmmaker Nicholas Treeshin joins Black Watch Entertainment

The Thunderbird director has joined the Winnipeg-based company as head of scripted production and development.


Schitt’s Creek wins top comedy award at Golden Globes

The CBC comedy walked away with two Golden Globe awards, including a win for star Catherine O’Hara, while co-creator Dan Levy accepted the Best Musical or Comedy Series win.


Blue Ant Media sells majority of NHNZ stake to Dame Julie Christie

The Dunedin, New Zealand-based company has been rebranded to NHNZ Worldwide, with Christie (pictured) serving as CEO; Blue Ant now holds a minority stake and a seat on the board.


Entertainment One apologizes for ‘negative portrayal’ of Hasidic Jews in Nurses

Canadian and U.S. broadcasters have pulled a season one episode of Nurses after Jewish human rights groups spoke out against depictions of false stereotypes.


Peacock Alley adds new development, production roles

The Toronto-based prodco has hired Diana Foley and Eli Campbell in newly created development roles for factual and scripted, respectively, and named a post-production director.


Gusto names Carrie Gillis as VP and general manager

Gillis will oversee operations, sales and marketing in the newly created position, based out of Gusto’s Ottawa studio.

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Reel World Management to adapt Eternity Springs book series

Empire and The Cosby Show actor Phylicia Rashad is expected to star in the series, as well as executive produce.

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Blue Ant Media teams with Bristow’s CCF for unscripted IP

The Toronto-based broadcaster, producer and distributor will work with the Content Catalyst Fund to bring women-created IP to the global market.