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Celebrity Cooks – Key Production Personnel

dereksmith-producer-bioDerek Smith
Producer, Director, Writer
Majority shareholder of Initiative Productions Limited, The Energy Works Inc. and UpSideRight Media. Inc., the production companies who own and produced the following independent productions:

– Celebrity Cooks – Creator and producer – CBC Network, Global Network, Select CBS stations, ATV Network and other syndication in Canada.

– Do It For Yourself – Creator, producer, director and writer – CBC Network, USA Network, PBS, Discovery Channel in the US and other US Syndication.

Additionally, Derek Smith has created and produced many commercials, documentaries and television sports competitions for TV, ESPN and TVO.


Joe Battista
Producer, Consultant
Joe Battista’s television production and management experience spans a period of almost forty years in Canadian television production. During his thirty-two year tenure with CBC Television, Joe worked as Production Manager on a multitude of network and regional television productions in drama, variety, news and current affairs departments. He later held several senior management positions including Head of Business and Financial Affairs, CBC British Columbia for the last seven years of his tenure with CBC.

In 1997, Joe left CBC and started a production services and consultancy company, Quattro Communications. Joe has since worked as line producer and producer on independent productions for The Comedy Network, CTV, CBC and APTN.


Terry Deriger
Producer, Director, DOP, Editor
Terry started his career at one of the flagship CTV stations in Ottawa. Over the course of twenty years Terry wore many hats – camera, technical producer, producer, DOP and sometimes writer when the need arose.

In 1995 he started his own production company called A B See productions and since then has been involved in many aspects of video production. From producing and editing a 61 part series for the A channel to producing numerous television spots for large corporations and mom and pop operations alike.

Terry is currently producing content in HD and SD using state of the art cameras and editing facilities and also helping to develop numerous projects for broadcast and the web.

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