Soapbox Productions was formed in January 1990 when Nick Orchard returned from
the UK after five years as Associate Producer for the popular serials “Eastenders”
(BBC) and “Brookside” (Channel 4). Nick brought to Soapbox an extensive
background in drama and TV series production, and the company’s first project was
four seasons of the acclaimed teen drama “Northwood”, an international co-
production with the CBC and Sweden’s Sveriges Television. “Northwood” won
numerous awards including the Silver Medal from the New York Festivals and the
award of excellence from the Alliance for Children and Television.

In 1993, while retaining drama as its mainstay, Nick diversified the company into
documentary and comedy production, producing and directing two seasons of the
popular astronomy series “Cosmic Highway” for the Discovery Channel. In 1997 the
company began three seasons of “Double Exposure” for CTV and the Comedy
Network. This series was a multiple Gemini Award nominee and winner of the
Golden Sheaf Award and the Gold Camera Award from the International Film and
Television Festival. This was followed by “Shadow Warrior; The David McTaggart
Story” for CBC, “Happy Birthday Blues; John Baldry in Concert” for CHUM/Bravo,
“Cosmic Odyssey”, a documentary series for Discovery Channel narrated by William
Shatner, and “The Great Race”, a reality series for CTV.

MOW’s “The New Beachcombers” (2002) and “A Beachcombers Christmas” (2004)
were produced as back-door pilots for the CBC, followed by the TV drama “Tales of
an Urban Indian” for APTN.

Soapbox Productions most recent series and specials include “Shakin’ All Over”, a
history of Canadian rock for CBC, and the sequels “This Beat Goes On”, “Rise Up”
and “Life is a Highway”, along with three seasons of “Head’s Up!” a children’s
astronomy series for TVO featuring Bob McDonald. For CBC’s “Life and Times”
Soapbox delivered a 3-hour history of the comedy group Second City, while
producing three seasons of the series “On Screen”, for CHUM/Bravo, the travel
series “Island Escapes”, “The Great Race” and “What Were They Thinking” for CTV,
“In the Shadow of the Blues”, a biography of Long John Baldry for CHUM/CTV and
the BBC. Most recently the company delivered “Magical Mystery Cures” and
“Having Our Baby” for the CBC and the series “Notorious Women of the Bible” for
Vision.

In development is the Canadian-Irish co-production “Crossfire” along with
the feature films “The McLean Boys” and “The Suspect”.

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