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.

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Canada’s production growth slows due to Cancon reduction: report

Pre-pandemic numbers in the CMPA’s 2019/20 Profile reveal foreign production growth, but a 12.4% decrease in Canadian content production volume.


CSAs ’21: Best comedy, drama nominees lauded on night three

Schitt’s Creek, Baroness von Sketch Show, Cardinal and Kim’s Convenience each picked up multiple Canadian Screen Awards in creative arts and performance categories.

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Production wraps on Madison Thomas’ second feature

Finality of Dusk, a post-apocalyptical sci-fi feature, is produced by Eagle Vision and Ruthless Souls producer Darcy Waite.


Marianne Culbert named head of production at Oasis Animation

The former Portfolio Entertainment exec will oversee all production activities of the Sphere Media-owned animation studio following the departure of Diane Dallaire.


Sinking Ship, Simu Liu among 2021 Rockie Awards gala winners

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Emmy winner Kenan Thompson are also among this year’s gala recipients for BANFF’s international awards program, running June 15.


CSAs ’21: Canada’s Drag Race sashays away with five wins

The winners of the news, documentary, reality and lifestyle categories were announced on night one of the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards.


Bell Media drama production execs depart

Updated: Recent Bell Media production and programming exits have led to new executive appointments at CBC and Corus Entertainment.

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Kyle Irving to receive Order of Manitoba

Irving is the second Eagle Vision partner to receive the provincial honour, following Lisa Meeches in 2017.

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McGillivray Entertainment Media hires producer Kelly Wray

Wray (pictured) joins the Scott McGillivray-fronted prodco as executive producer to oversee its lifestyle programming.


Boat Rocker Media sees 24% revenue growth in Q1 2021

Production revenue of its unscripted content drove revenue growth as the company completed its initial public offering, raising gross proceeds of $170.1 million.

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Amazon, ISO name recipients of $100K pitch program

The 10 creative teams – five scripted and five unscripted – were given $10,000 each to develop their projects for a two-day pitch event with Amazon Studios executives.


BANFF names participants for 2021 Diversity of Voices initiative

The fourth edition of the initiative supported by Netflix, BSO, CMF and SODEC includes 100 BIPOC participants, who gain full access to the annual fest.