Before Flight 777 took off from Portugal to England, 7-year old Derek had to vacate his seat,
so that VIP Leslie Howard (Ashley in “Gone With the Wind”) could take his place. The Dakota
was shot down by the Nazi Luftwaffe, with the loss of all lives… see first demo segment.
Following the short, varied demo segments is “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes”, where, as a
phony BBC TV interviewer, he plays a joke on Ned Beatty and… we promise you a good laugh!
Derek has won 2 Emmys, 2 Tellys and a Voicey Lifetime Achievement Award. For 40 years, his distinguished appearance and distinctive (but not stuffy!) Brit accent have provided credibility for a breadth of quality TV programs and videos covering health, medicine, environment, finance, commerce, law, art, travel, religion, training, safety, sport & celebrities. For 10 years he anchored Financial Inquiry on FNN (now CNBC).
Derek started with RTV and RBC radio in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he was the nation’s head TV news anchor, host of the top-rated talk show “Frankly Partridge”, in addition to “The Kwhizz Kids” and “Message to the Nation” TV specials. In Miami, he hosted two daily, 2-hour radio talk shows and, in between those radio shows, he anchored the 6.0 pm news hour for ABC affiliate WKAT. Derek was also a news anchor for London’s Sky TV.
Derek hosted the feature-length documentaries “Leslie Howard, The Man Who Gave a Damn“, “The Mystery of Flight 777″ and “Howard In Hollywood” for Warner Home Video, to accompany “Gone With The Wind”. He presented Massey Ferguson’s 50 Years video in French, Italian, Spanish, German & Irish.
He was the Monex gold and silver spokesman for 25 years on 12 national networks. A former newscaster for Newspapers For The Blind, he now reads London’s Daily Telegraph for the blind at AIRS-LA.
Derek has narrated BBC TV documentaries and quality productions such as: IBM, Walt Disney, Google, Callaway, McDonnell Douglas, Intel, Accenture, Kodak, Apple, BP, UK Ministry of Defence, Coca Cola, GE, United Artists, Mattel, Hughes Missiles.
Commercial V/Os for eg: Mercedes Benz, Ritz Carlton, Jaguar, DiTech.com, BMW, Microsoft, Getty Oil, Intel, Christies, ESPN, Wall Street Newsletter. See Narration and V/O page for demos and full info.