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Derek Diorio arrived in Ottawa from Montreal in the mid-seventies to attend Carleton University. Within four years he had dropped out of Carleton but had picked up a valuable education at CKCU-FM, Carleton's campus radio station, where he acquired a taste for broadcast media and entertainment as well as an appreciation of the vast talent available in Ottawa. It was at CKCU that he developed a desire to create and be part of an Ottawa entertainment scene. Between 1979 and 1999 he co-founded Sound Venture Productions, the Ottawa Improv League, the Skit Row comedy troupe, the Skit Row Comedy Club, the Creative Block, Diorio Production and Distinct Features. He started his career as an award winning radio advertising copywriter and moved on to co-write with Dan Lalande and Rick Jones for a number of Ottawa based television series and specials (You Can't Do That On Television, The Raccoons, Skit Row). In the eighties he produced, performed and promoted several live stage productions with Skit Row in both the Theatre and Studio of the National arts Centre while simultaneously developing a corporate video business. In the nineties he started directing television shows for the then nascent Canadian specialty channels.
His ultimate goal was to produce and direct feature films from Ottawa with Ottawa talent. To that end he worked to develop local writers, art directors, cinematographers and crew, culminating with the production of Ottawa's first feature film "Two's a Mob" in 1997. In 1999 he directed and co-produced "House of Luk" starring Pat Morita (The Karate Kid) and Michael Moriarty (Law & Order). In 2000 he created a micro studio that produced 3 indie features - "A Taste of Jupiter". "Punch & Judy" and "The Kiss of Debt", which employed hundreds of Ottawa actors and starred Patrick McKenna. Eli Wallach, Teri Garr, Graham Greene and Ernest Borgnine. In 2012 he was an Executive Producer on the New Zealand Cannibal comedy feature film "Fresh Meat".
From 2002 to 2011 he directed over 120 half-hours of French television dramas for TFO and Radio-Canada, as well as the sketch comedy series "Ottawa Technically Funny" for the NewRO and the dramedy "Mann to Mann" for BRAVO. Season's 1 & 2 of the critically acclaimed "Hard Rock Medical", which he co-created with Smith Corindia for TVO and APTN aired in 2013 and 2015. Season 3 is currently in pre-production and will air in the fall of 2016.
In 2009 he wrote and produced "The Quantum Tamers: Revealing our Weird and Wired Future', an innovative documentary on Quantum Physics featuring, among others, Stephen Hawking. The Quantum Tamers won the Prix Audace, 2009 Pariscience International Science Film Festival in Paris, France.
His work as a copywriter, producer, director, writer and performer has earned him many international awards, including CLIO, RBC and Marketing awards in Advertising, a Cable Ace Awards in the U.S., a Banff Television Festival Awards and two Gemini nominations in Canada. In November 2007 he was inducted in the Algonquin Media hall of Fame. In January 2008 he was presented with ACTRA's Lorraine Ansell Award of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the Ottawa film and television community.