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.

Posts by Kelly Townsend

Telefilm opens development stream for racialized individuals

The newly created stream will have a $500,000 envelope and be evaluated by an external jury, while Telefilm loosens eligibility restrictions in the development stream.


Muse Entertainment boards season two of Cursed Films

AMC-owned horror streaming service Shudder renewed the docuseries for a second season following its success on the platform, with production now underway.


Netflix opens one-day pitch resubmission window

Applicants unable to get through before Wednesday’s deadline because of a technical issue can resubmit their pitch by 8 p.m. EDT Friday.


Secret Nazi Bases secures second season, global sales

U.K.’s DCD Rights has secured a number of global sales for the Go Button Media-produced factual series, co-commissioned by CBC’s documentary Channel and UKTV.

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New Metric Media, Feldman Agency launch live event venture

Building on the success of the Letterkenny Live! tour, the new venture will help screen-based brands develop and produce live events for added revenue streams.


Tribal Police Files launches season three in Alberta

Directed and produced by Steve Sxwithul’txw, the 13 x 30-minute APTN docuseries will feature local officers in the Tsuut’ina Nation outside of Calgary.


How the pandemic accelerated Incendo’s copro strategy

A strong producing partner in New Zealand and Quebec’s insurance solution for producers has helped the Montreal company launch its eight-film slate for 2020.


Ontario loosens gathering restrictions on movie theatres

Cineplex and Landmark will reopen operations in Ontario starting today after the Ministry of Health approved an exception for indoor public gatherings in movie theatres.


Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian, Trickster selected for TIFF 2020

The festival unveiled its 50 feature picks, with films from Tracey Deer, Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt and two projects from Michelle Latimer in the mix.


Canada’s Drag Race revs up international sales

The adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been picked up by broadcasters in the U.S., Australia, Israel and the U.K.

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Inside Out goes virtual for October festival

The LGBTQ film festival will combine its Toronto and Ottawa festivals for an Ontario-wide digital event, with programming that includes features and shorts.


Schitt’s Creek bests its Emmy record with 15 nominations

The CBC comedy more than tripled its Emmy nominations from 2019, including best comedy, four acting categories and a total of three nods for co-creator Dan Levy.