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.

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2022.05.10 Guru Studio-Press Release_Mark Pinder

Guru Studio hires VP of technology to expand production capabilities

Mark Pinder will oversee the Toronto-based animation studio’s production pipeline to grow its productivity and infrastructure.


Trade mission to Europe kicks off in Germany

A week-long trade mission to Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands began with the reopening of a digital media incentive between Canada and the German region of Berlin-Brandenburg.


Production wraps on Shelley Niro’s Café Daughter

The adaptation of the Kenneth T. Williams play of the same name is produced by Niro, Freddie Films and Circle Blue Entertainment.


William F. White International expands to U.K. with Movietech deal

Parentco Sunbelt Rentals has acquired the Pinewood Studios-based Movietech Camera Rentals, with WFW’s Trevor Huys tapped to oversee operations.

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OUTtv greenlights four original series

The LGBTQ+ network also named six returning titles, including docuseries Pride and the previously announced Avocado Toast.


New Brunswick doubles production incentive to stabilize local film industry

Race Against the Tide producer and N.B. native Mark Bishop says the investment is the “beginning of the next chapter” for the province’s screen sector.

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WIFT Toronto names new board chairs

The not-for-profit elected the CFC’s Argie Eliopoulos as board chair and named Jenn Kuzmyk as chair of the Foundation for WIFT Toronto, adding five new members to the board and three to the foundation.


W Network greenlights four original TV movies

The four-film series The Love Club is produced by the Nikki Ray Media Agency, with Corus Studios handling international distribution.


Quebecor Content promotes Louis Pearson to lead content acquisition

As senior director, acquisition and original film, Pearson will lead the company’s content acquisition team in addition to his remit to develop its feature film slate.


MELS hires Geneviève Brodeur to studio operations role

The newly hired VP, studios and business development joins the TVA Group-owned company following the opening of a new soundstage for virtual production.


Saskatchewan ups production grant cap to $5M, adds regional bonuses

The Feature Film & Television Production Grant received significant new investment from the provincial government in March.

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APTN highlights ‘Ocean Warriors’ with new docuseries

Created, directed and produced by Steve Sxwithul’txw, the 13 x 30-minute series follows Canada’s first Indigenous-led Coast Guard Auxiliary in B.C.