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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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon names Brent Haynes head of scripted in Canada

The new role marks the first time Amazon Prime Video has appointed a domestic content executive based in Canada.


Gaumont rolls on adaptation of Menteur

The original Canadian feature, directed and co-written by Émile Gaudreault, was the highest grossing domestic film in 2019.

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Wattpad reveals significant growth ambitions post-acquisition

The Toronto-based multi-platform company plans to grow its workforce by 50%, including its content team, as the transaction comes to a close.

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McGillivray Entertainment Media ups Angela Jennings, Jeff Baker

Jennings will now serve as president of the Scott McGillivray-led prodco, while Baker will oversee its content slate as head of production.


BIPOC TV & Film panel breaks silence on discrimination in Canadian TV

The panel, which is the first of two planned discussions, tackled the complicated issues around reporting discrimination when it comes to creative decisions and microaggressions.

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Lucas Talent adds drag artist division with Tuck Entertainment

The Vancouver-based agency will handle film and TV opportunities for the Tuck Entertainment roster and help develop original content pitches around their drag brands.

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Quiver Distribution sets up The Exchange in the U.S.

The comedy was filmed in Ottawa in 2019 and is produced by Elevation Pictures and U.K. prodco Who’s on First Films.

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Tiffany Hsiung wins double honour at WIFT Toronto Showcase

The Sing Me a Lullaby director won Best in Showcase and the Audience Award for the short documentary at the 12th annual WIFT Toronto event.


Alberta court dismisses Allarco injunction against Canadian retailers

The injunction, filed earlier this year, called for retailers Best Buy, Staples, London Drugs and Canada Computers to end sales of set-top boxes, alleging they enable consumers to pirate content.

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Lalita Krishna named Hot Docs’ 2021 Don Haig Award winner

The Bangla Surf Gurls and Listen to Me producer has served as a filmmaker and mentor in the Canadian film industry for more than a decade.


Cronenberg, Lantos reunite for Crimes of the Future

Frequent Cronenberg collaborator Viggo Mortensen will headline the new feature, set to go to camera in Greece this summer, with Montreal’s MK2|MILE END handling Canadian distribution.


In brief: Hasbro to sell eOne Music to U.S. investment firm

WIFT Toronto adds three new members to its board of directors and horror festival Blood in the Snow launches a development lab for underrepresented voices.