Although it touches briefly on my spectacular contributions to the world’s over-population problem, this page’s purpose is to outline my work and career.
DOUGLAS WILLIAMS, Television Director, Writer & Producer
In a career spanning over three decades, Doug Williams has directed hundreds of hours of television programming, written and directed award-winning documentaries, produced and directed a 26-episode series for the BBC, and directed in U.S., U.K., Morocco and Germany for CBC, PBS, Discovery U.S., ITV, CTV, History Television, Vision TV, Global, TVO and other broadcasters.
He specializes in single camera digital video, and multi-camera studio shoots. He has directed hundreds of blue screen, animatronix and special effects sequences. He directs, narrates, writes and hosts factual/documentary programs.
Besides feature, episodic and documentary television scripts and proposals, Doug has written film criticism and television and film industry-related articles for Toronto Star and NOW Magazine. In 2012, he published a memoir, PROMISED LANDS Growing Up Absurd in the 1950s and ’60s, which is available on Amazon.
For Canadian international producer Robert Lantos, Doug directed a TV movie for PBS American Playhouse: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, a sci-fi comedy starring Raul Julia. It was immortalized as an episode of Mystery Science Theatre. His CBC TV movie, Best of Both Worlds, a romantic comedy, received a Gemini Awards nomination as Best Television Program of the Year.
Doug has directed numerous episodic dramas, including The Phoenix Team (CBC), Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (Landmark Entertainment), T and T (Nelvana).
Doug’s current specialty is factual entertainment, which combines dramatic recreations with interviews and archive footage in a hybrid of the documentary genre. He recently wrote, directed, co-produced and appeared as on-camera investigator for two episodes of the Vision TV series, Supernatural Investigator, titled What Killed Joe Fisher?, telecast in February, 2009. You may view the two episodes of Supernatural Investigator (#103 and #104) “What Killed Joe Fisher?” at the VISION TV website.
Doug wrote and directed the dramatized documentary, Hitler’s Canadians, for History Television, to wide critical acclaim and unprecedented ratings. The film won the Jury Prize, Best Historical Documentary, at the 2008 Yorkton International Film Festival. Other factual shows with dramatic recreations include JAL: Out of Control, for the Cineflix series, Mayday (National Geographic & TLC), Heart of Courage (Global TV), In The Nick of Time (Great North), and Real Kids, Real Adventures (Discovery).
Doug’s documentaries and sponsored shows include The Disability Myth (CTV), Teledon, hosted by David Suzuki (NFB), Hungry to Help for The Toronto Raptors, and the DGC ward-winning The Molson Story.
CHILDREN’S TELEVISION CREDITS
Doug began directing television programs in the 1970s at CBC Children’s Television in Toronto, for the Mister Dressup Show. This experience began a career-long commitment to directing children’s programs, including Fraggle Rock (CBC/Jim Henson), Polka Dot Door (TVO), Join In (TVO), The Maximum Dimension (TVO), The Elephant Show (CBC), Eric’s World (CBC), Spread Your Wings (CBC), and two pilots: Great Work If You Can Get It (CBC) and The Wee Wonders (PBS).
In 2000, Doug produced and directed 26 episodes of BBCKids’ spectacular puppet series, Captain Abercromby, in Glasgow, U.K., and 30 episodes of the animatronix puppet series, Dog & Duck, for ITV/United in Bristol, U.K.
In recognition of his significant background in children’s television, Doug was asked to chair the program advisory committee for the creation of a new program, Children’s Entertainment: Writing, Production and Management, for Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communications. The program commenced in September, 2009.
Doug teaches a 6-hour Television Directors workshop at Centennial College and has guest lectured in TV direction and directing puppet and children’s shows at Ryerson University, and television direction at Humber College.
EARLY EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
Doug began his career as a radio news reader at CHYR in Leamington, Ontario. He directed his first film at age 18 in 1965. Shot on 16mm film, it was a 30-minute adaptation of Frederick Duerrenmatt’s play, The Visit. Doug is now completing a documentary, Visiting Time, on the making of the film and its World Premiere in 2005.
Doug studied creative writing at University of Toronto, drawing and painting at Wayne State University’s School of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, photography at Ontario College of Art (OCAD) with Barbara Astman, and is a graduate of the legendary London School of Film Technique (now the London International Film School, headed by Mike Leigh). He is also a graduate of the BBC Television Directors Course.
Doug lives in Toronto and is married to the screenwriter Laura Phillips, adaptor of the Canadian novel, Camilla Gibb’s Sweetness In The Belly. He has two children: his son, folk artist Lotus Wight (of Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son), composes scores for Doug’s films and other programs. His daughter, Zoe, received an unprecedented double summa cum laude doctorate in political science from the Berlin School of Transnational Studies.
Doug is citizen of both Canada and UK, and is represented by Suzanne DePoe at CTI Artists Management, in Toronto.