Vancouver-based Don Townson has covered the sprawling Northwest film and television back lot for <I>Variety</I> since 2000. This includes Seattle and the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Canadian territories. He spends weekends skiing and mountain biking at Whistler and taunts <I>Variety</I> staff about this. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent in New York, Washington, London and Geneva for Canuck newpapers, and had a long career on the permanent staff of the United Nations. He is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism in New York and of Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.