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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Tim Dowler-Coltman, Brenna Coates to star in freshman feature Burden

Burden is written, directed and produced by Ethan Hickey and marks the young director’s feature film debut.

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Netflix picks Toronto for Canadian HQ

Toronto mayor John Tory announced the move yesterday (April 27), with Netflix expected to start its search for a local exec in June.

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Trickster, Schitt’s Creek scribes honoured with 2021 WGC awards

Coroner‘s Morwyn Brebner was honoured with the annual Showrunner Award, with additional winners including the talents behind Still Standing and Beans.

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Canadian doc Nike’s Big Bet sells globally ahead of Hot Docs

Directed by Paul Kemp, the doc feature has sold to a number of territories by Abacus Media Rights before its North American premiere.

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Mongrel Media launches SVOD with Magnolia Pictures

The streamer is taking on the likes of Netflix and Crave with a curated collection of indie titles to attract movie buffs, set to launch on April 30.

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How Proper TV made a COVID-safe set for young culinary talent

Junior Chef Showdown producers share the challenges of staying on schedule while working with kids in pandemic-era filming and the importance of escapism programming.

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TVOKids renews BGM’s Backyard Beats

The musical children’s program will premiere new episodes later this year, while BGM’s preschool series Gabby’s Farm sets its series premiere date.

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WildBrain taps former Spin Master exec to lead animation development

Lorna Withrington has been appointed to the new role of VP, development – animation, based in Toronto, to build out the company’s animation slate.

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Charles Tremayne partners with Cineflix Media to launch First Story Productions

The New York-based prodco will develop and produce content based on true events, both for unscripted and scripted.

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OUTtv is ready and waiting for Canadian producers to take notice

OUTtv COO Philip Webb discusses the channel’s continued desire to commission Cancon, as well as its latest unscripted series, Vice Studios-produced Shine True.

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CSAs ’21: Powerhouse Canadian comedies go head to head

This year’s Canadian Screen Awards comedy contenders look back on the meteoric rise of domestic comedy in the last five years.

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Saloon Media unveils first scripted series with Ghost Walk

Ghost Walk is the first non-factual title announced since Melissa Williamson (pictured) joined as SVP, scripted content, and is being developed by Blue Ant Media’s T+E.