Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend is news 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.

Posts by Kelly Townsend

Boat Rocker’s Matador Content revs up Discovery+ series with Robert Downey Jr.

The unscripted series, set to premiere later this year, follows Downey as he works with experts to restore classic cars to be more eco-friendly.


KOTV appoints Mia Desroches as VP, international distribution

Montreal’s KOTV has hired the former CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution exec to accelerate its distribution strategy on the global market.

The cast of Family Law - Photo courtesy of Global

EXCLUSIVE: Global renews Family Law for third season

This is the second early renewal for the Canadian legal drama, produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, which goes to camera in Vancouver on May 24.


Avi Federgreen’s Indiecan launches Red Water Entertainment

The distribution arm focuses on genre-specific films, and has launched with a six-film slate, including Karen Lam’s The Curse of Willow Song.


Cineflix Productions film slate sells overseas

The slate includes a mix of holiday and true crime films commissioned by Lifetime.

Thunderbird revenue dips slightly in Q3

The decrease in revenue and free cash flow are attributed to program delivery timings and production costs in the quarter, with the company still on track to increase overall revenue for the fiscal year-end.


Banijay Asia to produce Indian adaptation of Pixcom’s Vertige

The Banijay-owned production studio will produce the series in partnership with rights holder Armoza Formats.


Cineplex says revenues approaching pre-pandemic levels in Q1 2022

The national theatre chain reported $228.7 million in revenue during the quarter despite a number of closures and restrictions, with films such as The Batman and Spider-Man: No Way Home driving attendance.


Boat Rocker CEO says ‘intrinsic value’ not reflected in share prices

The Toronto-based media company reported an 11% decrease in revenue for Q1 2022, with kids and family profits offsetting losses in television revenue.


CBC, BBC co-commission three original podcasts

The joint initiative by the Canadian and British pubcasters is part of an agreement in 2019 to increase their collaborations.


Syfy resurrects SurrealEstate for a second season

The Canadian paranormal series is back from the dead after its initial cancellation by the U.S. network last year.


Jeanne Lam to lead Wattpad, CEO Allen Lau transitions to advisor

After 15 years at the helm, Lau will be executive advisor for Wattpad and digital comic platform Webtoon, while Lam oversees day-to-day operations.