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Jeffrey Townsend was Born May 14, 1954, in New York City, Townsend attended the Choate School, Bennington College and the San Francisco Art Institute. He worked in print advertising in New York City before securing his first position on a movie, All That Jazz (1979), as the production assistant of Production Designer Philip Rosenberg. He assisted Production Designers Pato Guzman and Santo Loquasto before being asked to design his first feature, a film for German television directed by Peter Lilienthal and starring Joe Pesci called Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982). Townsend continued to work as a production designer for such directors as Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, John Schlesinger (on Pacific Heights (1990) for a visual consultant credit), and Paul Mazursky, while pursuing various writing, directing and scoring projects.

Townsend won a shared Emmy for his scripts for the first season of Nickelodeon's Rugrats (1990), has directed commercials (for which he won a Clio in 1987), and is the author of the the 3-second music cue that plays during the Gracie Films production logo at the end of The Simpsons (1989) and other shows. Townsend married Patrice Elaine Collins in 1993. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their son Wiley and daughter Sadie.

Townsend lectures occasionally on film and education, and developed a radical program for digital filmmakers called The Filmmakers Boot Camp. Under the Now What Creative banner, Townsend produced the multimedia components of book/video/web hybrid projects for PC Studio, including the 'Skeleton Creek,' 'Trackers' and 'Dark Eden' series. He provides brand management and marketing services for various organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and designed a cutting-edge teaching/production/event facility for the Walla Walla Public Library called CrewSpace. In the fall of 2015, Townsend began serving as the Digital Media Technology Instructor for the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center in Walla Walla, Washington.

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