David Townsend

A dual-citizen between the UK and New Zealand, David has spent his working life building teams, pipelines and studios around the world.

For the first 10 years of his career, David founded and grew his own company to 55 staff. Since selling the business, he has undertaken numerous creative leadership roles throughout the studio system including Head of Production, Executive Producer and Head of IP Development. He has personally produced multiple series and films including developing and lead producing the $25M CG feature ‘Mosley’; the first ever co-production between New Zealand and China.

David is passionate about developing young creative talent and facilitating them towards greatness, his proudest moments seeing those he mentors achieve personally and professionally. David also has a genuine passion for nurturing great stories and bringing partners together to make them a success on screen.

David’s UK experience has seen him working at Brown Bag Films where he was overseeing animation projects for Nickelodeon. He is now Head of Business Development / Executive Producer across the Axis Studios group.

David is an active member of the Visual Effects Society, and lives in Glasgow with his wife Regan, and their two children.