Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend

Kelly Townsend is a senior reporter and special reports 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.

Posts by Kelly Townsend

The Roku Channel acquires Look Mom! Productions’ Doomlands

The Toronto studio’s adult animation has found a new home after the closure of its commissioning platform Quibi.


Sort Of, No Ordinary Man among GLAAD Media nominees

Additional nominees include eOne’s drama Yellowjackets and TV movies Single All the Way and Under the Christmas Tree.


Fashion Dis delivers a new evolution to the makeover format

The team behind the upcoming AMI unscripted series discuss adapting the development and production process for added accessibility.


Blue Ant International hires Bryan Gabourie for SVP role

The former A+E Networks exec will oversee U.S. sales activity for the Blue Ant Media-owned distributor.


Canadian Academy names eight special award recipients

Among the 2022 awards, which will be handed out during Canadian Screen Week, is the newly created Changemaker Award.


TFCA names nominees for Best Canadian Film

The award, which comes with a $100,000 cash prize, will be presented at the TFCA’s March gala.


Canadian features, series to world premiere at 2022 Berlinale

Among the world premieres are documentary features from Miryam Charles, Jacquelyn Mills and Lina Rodriguez, as well as a series produced by Montreal’s Trio Orange.


Cineworld moves forward with appeal of Cineplex damages suit

The U.K. chain is appealing a decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to award Cineplex $1.24 billion in damages from the terminated acquisition.

Degrassi - from WildBrain

HBO Max orders new Degrassi series from WildBrain

The U.S. streamer has also acquired all 14 seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation, set to launch in the spring.


Corus Entertainment unveils new greenlight, sales amid TV revenue boost

Corus Studios has sold more than 250 hours of content to kick off the year, adding new HGTV Canada commission Renovation Resort, starring Scott McGillivray and Bryan Baeumler, to its sales slate.


CMPA pulls back the curtain on 2022 Indiescreen nominees

The winners will be announced during the closing reception of Prime Time 2022 on Feb. 11.


Heritage Minister Rodriguez postpones culture sector summit

The national summit was scheduled to take place at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to discuss the sector’s recovery and long-term sustainability.