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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Schitt’s Creek wins Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series

The history-making CBC comedy had 15 nominations for this year’s Emmy awards and had already won two awards going into the Sunday night ceremony.

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Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian wins TIFF’s People’s Choice Documentary

The documentary also picked up the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature, while Tracey Deer’s Beans was second runner up for the People’s Choice Award.


Schitt’s Creek wins its first Emmy

Jon Comerford and Lisa Parasyn made Canadian Emmy history, winning Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Emmys last night.


Bell Media brings CTV brands under one platform

Content across all CTV-branded channels and platforms will be available on the ad-supported and the CTV app in time for the fall TV season.


Love Nature greenlights buzzy new doc

A Bee’s Diary will be shopped at next month’s MIPCOM before premiering on Love Nature’s linear and streaming platforms this fall.


Trickster acquired by U.K.’s Sky among raft of int’l deals

Broadcasters in Australia, Brazil and Russia have also picked up the Indigenous-led drama, which had its world premiere at TIFF yesterday.


WarnerMedia launches Canadian talent development program

Deanna Cadette and Melanie Nepinak Hadley have been hired to lead the team, formed under WarnerMedia’s Global Access Programs initiative.


Pier 21 Films bolsters development team, slate

The Toronto prodco behind The Beaverton has hired former CBC exec Karen Tsang as VP of development to work with Bill Lundy on its growing comedy slate.


Schitt’s Creek takes top comedy prize in TCA awards

Atomic Cartoon’s Molly of Denali also earned a prize at the annual Television Critics Association’s awards program, which comes less than a week ahead of the Emmys.


TIFF ’20: The price of Violation’s gritty realism

Multi-hyphenates Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli share the journey of bringing Violation from its Talent to Watch beginnings to its world premiere at TIFF.


TIFF ’20: Inclusion in film slowed by market gatekeepers

A panel of filmmakers and financiers discussed how inclusion in film is a good business model, if only global investors could see past their own bias.


Virtual fests offer more opportunities for Game Theory

Game Theory Films president William Woods will juggle the dual role of buyer and seller at TIFF this year as they participate in the newly launched Industry Selects market.