Derek is a versatile content writer, director and producer with 10+ years’ experience creating non-scripted TV series, commercials, and music videos. He’s known for his expertise in international content production and cross-cultural communications. Derek also has a proven track record of shepherding projects through full creative process, including concept development, managing production logistics, and supervising post-production; utilizes technical production background to inform creative, budgetary, and workflow decisions.
Derek is an experienced writer, producer, and director with a passion for storytelling. He began his career producing and directing over 300 paid-programming adverts (domestically and internationally produced), winning two Telly Awards for his critically acclaimed commercials. Along the way, his clients included Chase Blueprint, Domino’s Pizza, and Jiffy Lube among others. While continuing to create award winning commercials, he created and produced the docu-series, Hoops Academy, which documented the high stakes drama of high school basketball in the states while following Montrose Christian School during their championship season of 2011. The series aired in prime-time nationally on Fox Sports in Spring 2011 and was praised by many critics as the best basketball documentary since Hoop Dreams. Further, he directed the pilots for Champagne Travel on a White Wine Budget (Venture Channel) and TK’s World (Sobe Films.) Additionally, Derek served as producer on the hit series Swamp Wars (Discovery) and numerous other music videos, live events, and web based original content. Overall, Derek’s productions have been seen on WE, Travel Channel, ION, Oxygen, The Africa Channel, Fox Sports, Venture Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.
Taking on a new challenge, he spent much of the last 2013 to 2019 as an international production consultant and expanded his work into the African market, producing and consulting in Lagos, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa. Derek handled all the African production for the documentary film CODEGIRL (Netflix), as well as the Sensodyne Commercial campaign for Africa. Specializing in line producing for foreign companies, Derek produced commercials for Schneider Electric, Iberia Airlines, as well as an award winning commercial for UNICEF. He’s also currently producing the online and social media advertising campaign for TradingTips.com, an investment company. In the last 2 years, Derek switched tacks and has focused on writing. He has several highly rated scripts on the Hollywood Writing platform, BLCKLST. Finally, he’s also directed several music videos and is slated to direct his first feature film when production delays clear up post-covid.