As a director and producer, Daryl Duke’s Emmy Award winning career included successes in feature film, television drama, documentary and television specials. In a professional life that spanned more than half a century, Daryl worked with all of the major North American television networks and for most of the studios in Hollywood. His film and television assignments took him to South America, Southeast Asia, China and India, as well as the Middle East and Europe.
Daryl began his career as an editor, writer and director at the NFB and a director and producer at the CBC. He is best known for having directed “The Thorn Birds”, the 10 hour mini-series from the bestselling book; “Tai-Pan”, based on the novel by James Clavell and “I Heard the Owl Call My Name”, adapted from the novel by Margaret Craven.
In the mid-1970’s, Daryl founded the independent television station CKVU in Vancouver. He was the station’s first President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, leading it to be the highest rated station in its market.
Daryl Duke was a man of vision who worked tirelessly in support of Canadian filmmakers to help them tell their own uniquely Canadian stories.