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

Federal candidates address screen sector concerns in virtual town hall

Five federal candidates fielded questions on the Broadcasting Act, diversity, sustainability and the support of Canadian talent in the event hosted by the DGC, ACTRA and ARRQ.


How Canadian horror fits into Shudder’s originals strategy

Sam Zimmerman, head of programming, shares what the horror-focused streamer is looking for in its next Canadian acquisitions.

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Mogul prepares for second blockchain vote

The company is currently accepting scripts, with industry vets such as David Cormican set for its film selection committee.


Veteran producer announces retirement from NFB

Newfoundland producer Annette Clarke, who has worked with the NFB for 25 years, is behind a number of documentary projects.

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TIFF launches Every Story to support diverse filmmakers

The fund is launched in partnership with NBCUniversal, who will match all donations in 2021.


Liberal platform looks to get Broadcasting Act back on track

Additional funding for Telefilm, Canada Media Fund and the Indigenous Screen Office are included in the 82-page plan.


EXCLUSIVE: Game Theory boards Reza Dahya’s Boxcutter

Dahya’s feature film debut is described as a “love letter to Toronto” and includes an appearance from Drake and Rihanna music producer Boi-1da.


Guru Studio’s Pikwik Pack flies around the globe

The 52 x 11-minute preschool series has sold across several continents following its premiere on Disney Junior in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada.


Cameras roll on Crave’s Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk is Montreal prodco KOTV Productions’ first English-language series.


Asian Canadian Film Alliance gets to work

Co-founder and White Elephant filmmaker Andrew Chung speaks about the origins of the new organization ahead of its first moderated panel discussion.


Wildhood acquired by Berlin’s Films Boutique

The Bretten Hannam-directed feature will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.


Michael Greyeyes inks first-look deal with Blumhouse

The Blood Quantum and Wildhood actor is featured in Blumhouse’s upcoming feature Firestarter, which was filmed in Toronto and Hamilton earlier this year.