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 for CFUN and
CHQM and part-time disc jockey.
Moving to television over 45 years ago, Nick has worked for CTV, CBC, Mersey
Television 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" for Channel 4.
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” forCHUM/Bravo, ten episodes of “Island Escapes”, six episodes of “What Were They
Thinking?” for CTV, a biography of Long John Baldry for CHUM and the BBC, “Magical
Mystery Cures”, a documentary for CBC’s “Doc Zone” and the series “Notorious
Women of the Bible” for Vision TV.
In development is the Canadian-Irish co-production “Caught Between”, while the
documentary “Having Our Baby” recently premiered on CBC.
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