Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend is a senior reporter and special reports editor 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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Ottawa film commissioner Bruce Harvey departs

The Ottawa Film Office, which saw a record-breaking year for live-action production, will begin a search for his replacement in the new year.

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Newsmaker of the Year: Amazon Prime Video

The global streamer made headlines throughout 2021 as it unveiled its Canadian strategy and hired its first domestic content executive – and they’re just getting started.

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CBC/Radio-Canada reports increased workforce diversity in 2022-25 EDI plan

New data from the pubcaster reveals that while it made gains in diversity from 2019, it fell short of labour market availability for a number of key groups.

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The Power of the Dog ties for most Golden Globe nominations

Montreal’s Roger Frappier is among the producers of the Netflix film, which earned seven nominations total.

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LoCo Motion takes the podium for The Communist’s Daughter

The Toronto prodco’s president and founder shares how the short-form series’ successful festival run has translated to a milestone for Canadian content in the global market.

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Showrunner of the Year: Anthony Q. Farrell

The showrunner of the year is unafraid to voice and act on inequities in the screen industry while creating a positive, fun and safe environment for writers.

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Telefilm commits $4.6M to eight copro features

The funder also revealed the 41 external representatives on its 2021/22 advisory committee.

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DOC Institute honours Sylvia Hamilton, Tamara Dawit

The eighth-annual DOC Institute Honours Celebration will be held in 2022.

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In brief: Heritage minister unveils plan for cultural sector summit

Plus: Two production prizes are handed out at the Whistler Film Festival, season two renewals roll in at Love Nature and Apple TV+, and more.

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Matthew Berkowitz named president of Thunderbird Entertainment

Reporting to CEO Jennifer Twiner McCarron, Berkowitz will oversee M&A, production, distribution and acquisitions of IP across the entire company.

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ViacomCBS Int’l Studios partners with Wattpad Webtoon

The deal allows ViacomCBS to tap into both Wattpad and Webtoon’s IP to co-produce regional content across the global market.

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WarnerMedia, Canadian Academy launch directors program

Following the success of the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program, this new initiative will offer creators from underrepresented communities on-set experience.