JIM TOWNSEND

Mr. Townsend is the President of Tayrona Films, Inc. and oversees their production on feature film projects and distribution activities throughout Latin America.  He is in charge of operations and manages all personnel and activities in North America.  Townsend interacts with the executive team and board of Tayrona and coordinates all of the legal and financial activities from the Los Angeles Office.

During his 20-year career as a film executive and producer, Jim Townsend has supervised the production of film and television projects around the world including Los Angeles, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, The French Rivera and various Islands in the Caribbean. As President of Production, Mr. Townsend oversees each project's progress during pre-production, production and post-production. This includes analyzing a project's risk in terms of personnel, budget and production schedule. During production he will oversee the budgeting and cash flow on the productions, implementing payroll services, accessing insurance needs, arrangements for completion bonds, cast negotiations, union contract negotiations, closing negative pick-up contracts, production travel and location coordination. He has negotiated and worked with Unions throughout the world including International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), Directors Guild of America, Directors Guild of Canada, Teamsters, Screen Actors of Guild America, Writers Guild of America, Writers Guild of Canada, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television & Radio Artist, and Union of British Columbia Performers. 

As a Producer, Jim is currently in active development and pre-production on numerous film and television projects scheduled to be produced in 2013 and 2014.  Some of these projects include “Man and Wife”, a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, "In God We Trust" which will be filmed in Italy and Brazil in 2013 and was written by two-time Academy Award nominated Director, Roland Joffe and  “A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand”  a western thriller starring Nick Nolte, Jeremy Irons and Thomas Jane.  Also scheduled for 2013 is “Havana Heat” an action adventure film set to be produced in Cartagena, Colombia in 2013.

Prior to joining Tayrona, Jim was President of Canadian Global Media. His responsibilities included overseeing the physical production of all of the Company's projects. These included the award winning “Supermodels in the Rainforest Documentary Series”, feature films "Savage Land", "The Road Home", the Television Series "Dream Team", the feature film “Blonde & Blonder” and a documentary series filmed in the Caribbean.

Born in Upstate New York, Townsend received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from St. Lawrence University. He attended the University on wrestling scholarship and competed for four years on their nationally ranked team. Mr. Townsend moved to California to pursue a career in the film industry. He has appeared as an actor in numerous television shows which included "Days of Our Lives", "Knot's Landing", "Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "Falcon Crest", "Quantum Leap" and "The Wonder Years".

 

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