Canada's Touchwood PR Firm Goes Hollywood With L.A. Office

Courtesy of Touchwood PR

Canadian festival publicity doyenne Andrea Grau has chosen Kevin McLean to ramp up a U.S. outpost.

Canada's Touchwood PR, led by former Toronto Film Festival publicity boss Andrea Grau, is expanding into Los Angeles.

Toronto-based Touchwood has opened an L.A. office, to be led by Kevin McLean, former District PR president, with veteran film publicist Kara MacLean as manager. Both worked previously for Touchwood PR north of the border.

Grau launched the Canadian PR firm in 2009 after leaving the Toronto festival as media relations director. "The LA office represents a natural progression for the organization and we are all very excited by the opportunities ahead," Grau said Tuesday in a statement.

The new LA office will offer PR services to U.S.-based distributors, indie filmmakers, festivals and other entertainment organizations. Touchwood's current clients include the Toronto Film Festival, Unifrance Films, Pathé International, Fan Expo Canada, Telefilm Canada and Cineplex Entertainment.