Herrie ten Cate - FETZ FILMS

Director/Writer/Narrator/Producer

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I am an experienced documentary film maker and have travelled to remote corners of the world - everywhere from the Greenland Icecap to the Australian outback and from South Africa to Northern Russia. Managing small teams in challenging conditions is all part of the job.

My many years of experience as a CBC Radio and Television producer have helped me develop my editorial and story telling abilities. I can be dropped anywhere in the world and I'll come home with the show..

Flying is my passion - I'm an accomplished pilot with over 1400 hours flying gliders and single engine aircraft. I'm also past President and Director of Aircraft Maintenance at SOSA - Canada’s largest gliding club.

In my personal time, I’ve rebuilt and flown my WW2 glider, conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, restored a VW camper and adopted a lovely cat called Cow. In between gigs, my present project is restoring an 1880s farm house in Prince Edward County.

Most recently I’ve been involved with fund raising for the latest wave of Syrian refugees and other community outreach projects including putting together emergency supplies for Global Medic..

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Mighty Ships - Exploraton Productions 2016

Ocean Endeavor - A high end exploration cruise ship on a voyage from Western Greenland to the Canadian Arctic.

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Mighty Ships - Exploration Productions 2015

Maersk Viking – Ultra deep water drill ship. Drilling a new well in the Gulf of Mexico. 60 minute program.

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Mighty Ships - Exploration Productions 2015

North Sea Giant – Building the world’s largest subsea compressor station in the Norwegian Sea. 60 minute program

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Mighty Ships - Exploration Productions 2015

Maersk Interceptor – Moving a new rig from Stavanger to the North Sea. 60 minute program

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Nowhere to Hide– Cineflix 2015

Writer on two of the shows.

http://nypost.com/2014/07/08/id-network-pulls-ny-private-eye-for-new-series/

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Mighty Planes - Exploration Productions 2014

A show about the CP-140 Aurora, Canada’s long range Maritime Patrol and sub-hunter aircraft. 60 minute program

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Biblical Conspiracies: Associated Producers 2014

Story producing a show about new discoveries surrounding Roman crucifixion practices.

Mighty Planes C-130 Special - Exploration Productions 2014

Cargo and paratroop drops and tactical flying aboard a new Canadian C-130H out of CFB Trenton.

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Mighty Cruise Ship – Exploration Productions 2014

A high-end adventure cruise through the Indonesian archipelago aboard Le Soleal.. 60 minute program

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Karma’s a Bitch – Cineflix 2013

Writer on four of the 30-minute shows.

http://www.cineflixproductions.com/shows/130-Karma-s-a-B-tch-

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Mega Speed – Exploration Productions 2013

Everything from electric F1 cars to lawn mower racing.

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Mighty Ships - Exploration Productions 2013

STEMAT SPIRIT – Cable laying vessel in the Irish Sea. 60 minute program

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OMEGA – Air-to-Air Refueling. Director.

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SOFIA – NASA airborne observatory. Director/Writer/Story producer

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Mighty Ships - Exploration Productions 2012

Neptune – A wind turbine construction vessel at work in the North Sea. Director/Writer

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Nerve Center - Exploration Productions Winter - 2012

Director. 24-hour “day in the life” of Whistler/Blackcomb. Everything from avalanche control with explosives to gondola line maintenance and winch-cat grooming in a blizzard.

Mighty Planes - Exploration Productions 2011

LC-130 Ski-Birds - Director/Writer/Story producer

Flying re-supply missions on the Greenland Ice Cap with the world’s largest skiplane.

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Mighty Ships - Exploration Productions 2009 – 2011

(All are one-hour shows.)

DDG-107 USS Gravely - Director/Writer (New destroyer on weapons trials.)

FPSO Peregrino - Director/Writer (Oil tanker morphs into Oil Facility off Brazil.)

USCG Cutter Bertfholf - Director/Writer (Chasing drugs smugglers in Eastern Pacific.)

USNS Robert E. Peary - Director/Writer (Navy re-supply ship in Pirate Alley/Somalia)

US Navy Nuclear Missile Submarine Kentucky - Story Producer/Writer

G.O. SARS - Story producer/Writer.

 

Ancients Behaving Badly – Yap Films 2009

Segment director.

Myth busting ancient legends around gladiators and weapons.

 

Food Network & Ocean Entertaiment 2008-2009

• Director/Writer

Season Two of “Chef Abroad” with Michael Smith. Shows include Peru, Italy, Spain, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Hungary, Turkey and Grenada.

 

Discovery Channel & Real to Reel 2008

• Director/Writer

“Out In The Cold” Season Two. Four 30-minute shows about extreme jobs in the extreme cold for Discovery Canada. Show titles include Avalanche Control, Arctic Weather Station, Arctic Survival and Keeping Airports Open.

 

National Geographic & Parallax Films – 2007

• Director/Field Producer

“BlowDown!” is a four-hour explosive demolition series for National Geographic Channel. Shoots include nuclear cooling towers, hotels and casinos.

 

Discovery Channel & Real to Reel – 2007

• Director/Writer

“Out In The Cold” Six 30-minute shows about extreme jobs in the extreme cold for Discovery Canada. Show titles include Ice Pilot, Dog Mushing, Cold Car Testing, Ice Berg Cowboys, Wildlife Vet, and Ice Hotel.

* HUGO TELEVISION AWARDS GOLD PLAQUE WINNER*

Smithsonian Networks & Fiveson Entertainment – 2007

• Segment Director

“WORLD’S CRAZIEST PLANES” and “HOVERCRAFT” for Smithsonian Networks.

 

History Television & YAP Films 2006

• Director/writer.

Famous Last Words The War of 1812 and the death of General Isaac Brock.

History Television & YAP Films 2006

“BATTLE OF THE SOMME: THE TRUE STORY”

• Director/writer of a 90-minute special on the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme for History Television Canada and C5 in the UK.

(Winner of the 2007 Gold World Medal: History – New York Festivals)

National Geographic & Summerhill Productions 2005

• Director/writer of ESCAPE TECH for National Geographic Channel. Includes re-enactments of various escape technologies.

Discovery Channel & CineFlix Productions 2005

• Director/writer

“GREATEST EVER FIGHTERS” & “GREATEST EVER BOMBERS”

For Discovery Channel Canada and Channel 5

• Includes air-to-air filming of high-performance aircraft.

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History Channel & Cream Productions: 2004

Directed ARTILLERY GAMES for History Channel.

CineNova Productions: 2000-2004

Director/writer/producer of OCEAN INFERNO for National Geographic Television. Includes re-creation filming of a shipboard fire, helicopter rescue and helicopter crash.

Director/writer/producer of DEEP SALVAGE: RAISING THE EHIME MARU for Discovery Channel US.

Re-wrote AUGUSTE: A TREASURE SHIP’S TRAGEDY for National Geographic Television and History Television.

Writer for LET THE GAMES BEGIN: THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS for CBC, NHK, History Channel and ZDF.

Co-Producer/Field Producer: RAISING THE KURSK for Discovery Channel.

Co-producer/writer/narrator: K-19 DOOMSDAY SUBMARINE and SECRET SUBS AND THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS for Discovery Channel.

CBC TELEVISION/NEWSWORLD 1996-2000 Show Producer (line-up and editorial).

CBC RADIO 1991-1996 Foreign Affairs Producer AS IT HAPPENS

RADIO NETHERLANDS 1990-1991 Producer and host

CBC RADIO LONDON UK BUREAU 1987-1990

Associate Producer

EDUCATION

British Columbia Institute of Technology - Diploma of Broadcast Journalism

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