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
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Audible unveils new Canadian originals

The latest slate of original podcasts and audiobooks, announced as the company brings its Plus Catalogue to Canada, builds on its roster of recognizable domestic talent.

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Emmys ’21: Felix & Paul Studios take TV to the next frontier

The studio’s co-founder and creative director Felix Lajeunesse shares production stories behind Space Explorers: The ISS Experience and how their U.S. partnerships have helped raise their profile with voters.

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Snap federal election cuts Bill C-10 short

The future of the Broadcasting Act is now tied to the results of the Sept. 20 election.

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Emmys ’21: Hitting the right note for How it Feels to Be Free

Yap Films producers discuss the Emmy campaign for the documentary film about icons such as Lena Horne, Cicely Tyson and Nina Simone, who paved the way for Black women in the U.S.

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Cineplex Q2 shows signs of pandemic recovery, losses remain

President and CEO Ellis Jacob told investors the company has “set the stage for a dramatic comeback” in the second half of 2021.

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Love Nature brings FAST channel to Spain

Love Nature’s free, ad-supported streaming channel is heading to Spain with 100 hours of content available through Samsung TV Plus.

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Screen Siren options Carmen Aguirre’s revolutionary memoir

The playwright and actor will co-write the screen adaptation of her best-selling memoir Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter with Indian Horse writer Dennis Foon.

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Canadian exhibitors unveil subscription programs

Both Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas announced $9.99 monthly subscription programs for Canadian moviegoers this week, which include discounts on admissions and concessions.

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William F. White Int’l hires director of virtual production

Edward Hanrahan will lead the company’s virtual production strategy, which launched with its partnership with VFX company Pixomondo.

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CRTC dismisses Quebecor complaint against CBC/Radio-Canada

Quebecor has responded to the dismissal of their complaint, which alleges the pubcaster has given itself an advantage over private broadcasters by placing some of its French-language content behind a subscription fee.

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Jann leads CTV’s 2021 fall lineup

The season three premiere will air on Sept. 20, with other CTV hits The Masked Singer, The Good Doctor and Grey’s Anatomy all setting their fall returns.

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EXCLUSIVE: Game Theory acquires The White Fortress

The film by Bosnian-Canadian director Igor Drljaca had its world premiere at Berlinale in March 2021.