Nick Orchard started his career as a child actor on stage, radio and television. A degree in theatre and film from the University of British Columbia led first to work in radio; as a documentary producer for the CBC, Production Manager and part-time disc jockey.
Moving to television over 35 years ago, Nick has worked for CTV, CBC and the BBC in London. He went to England after a stint as Production Manager on the long-running CBC drama series "The Beachcombers". That experience led to work as Associate Producer on "Eastenders", the most highly rated series ever produced for British television, following that with various BBC mini-series and the popular serial "Brookside".
In 1990 Nick formed Soapbox Productions and produced 4 seasons of the multiple award-winning teen drama “Northwood” for the CBC and Sweden’s Sveriges Television. In the early 90’s he produced and directed two seasons of “Cosmic Highway” for the Discovery Channel, produced “Life on the Vertical”, also for Discovery and “Shadow Warrior”, Life & Times of David McTaggart for CBC.
In 1997 Nick began three seasons producing and directing “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 “The Great Race” for CTV and “Cosmic Odyssey”, narrated by William Shatner for Discovery.
Other recent programs include two “New Beachcombers” MOWs for CBC, “Shakin’ All Over”, “This Beat Goes On”, “Rise Up” and “Life is a Highway”, chronicling the history of Canadian Rock for the CBC, three seasons of “Heads Up!” for TVO and Knowledge Network, “O.com” for CBC’s “Passionate Eye”, a 3 hour history of the comedy group Second City (SCTV) for CBC's “Life and Times”, three seasons of “On Screen” for CHUM/Bravo, ten episodes of “Island Escapes”, six episodes of “What Were They Thinking?” for CTV, and a biography of Long John Baldry for CHUM and the BBC.
The Mini series “The McLeans”, a Canada/UK co-production is in development for TMN and Movie Central, along with “The Golden Hour” for CTV. Current production includes “Magical Mystery Cures”, a documentary for CBC’s “Doc Zone.
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