During 2007 and 2008 we completed the rough cut of a feature length documentary on the life of the american poet Edna St Vincent Millay. We've also started developing a half-hour sitcom series based on a reality television company with a working title of: And Good Men Die Like Dogs.
In 2006, for delivery in 2007, we produced, for CTV, The Business of Sex -- an investigation into the business of prostitution in Canada and Europe. It is estimated that 85% of paid sex in Canada is done through escort agencies and massage parlours.
In December of 2005 we delivered Medicare Schmedicare to The Passionate Eye on CBC. The documentary essay took the highly unorthodox stance that two tier healthcare is already in place Canada.
In March of 2005 Newsworld and CBC aired our one hour special Woodward's: The Competition, about the redevelopment of the downtown eastside in Vancouver.
In 2004 we delivered Smarter Than The Rest Of Us, a one hour CTV special on human intelligence.
In the Spring of 2004, sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada, Robert Duncan conducted three Documentary Director Workshops in Winnipeg, Regina and Edmonton. Aimed at “emerging” documentary directors these all-day workshops attracted three hundred film-makers. Our major project in 2002 was the two hour prime time package Golf: The Ridiculous Obsession (Sunday night September 8 and 15 at 7pm on CTV).
We were particularly pleased that DocTV was the first production company chosen by CTV for programme commission and financing through the BCE Fund.
The 2 x 60 minutes are being distributed internationally by TWI, the television distribution division of IMG. Both hours are narrated by Graham Greene.
In 2001 we delivered a CBC Sunday Night Special Raffi: It takes a Village and wrote, structured and narrated five prime time hours for Discovery -- The Thruthseekers -- which was produced by Barbara Shearer.
Shows completed in 2000 included a one hour television biography of Lord Beaverbrook ( Leo Award Winner, Best Documentary, Best Writing ); the writing and structuring of three one hour specials, The Flight, for The Discovery Channel, and a one hour NFB- CTV documentary special, When a Child Goes Missing .
In 1999 Duncan also wrote and directed Sheldon, A Story of Human Courage, a CTV documentary special telecast in prime time against the season opener of Hockey Night in Canada. The show had an audience of over one million viewers, outdrawing HNIC in its time slot.
Also delivered in 1999 was an American Undercover special for HBO - Women who Love Killers, an examination of the phenomena of women who have relationships with imprisoned serial killers. Also sold to Channel 4 in the U.K.
In 1998 DocTV delivered five network hours. The company's projects included, for HISTORY Television , four biographical portraits – Billy Miner , a train robber, Percy Williams , the Olympic gold medallist, Grey Owl , the Englishman who pretended to be a North American Indian and Ma Murray , pioneer newspaperwoman.
DOCTV also delivered a one hour biographical portrait on the life of John McCrae, author of In Flanders' Fields, for a CBC Remembrance Day Special. John McCrae's War was a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada with support from Heritage Canada and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. This was repeated on CBC Network for Remembrance Day 1999 and drew a total Canadian audience of 1.5 million.
Duncan's projects for 1997 included "V6A 1N6", a one hour special for Baton Broadcasting (Winner -- Writers' Guild of Canada Top Ten Award) on the HIV epidemic among the drug addicts of Vancouver's Downtown East Side and four one hour biographical specials for HISTORY Television's prime time series FACES OF HISTORY.
Rattenbury, a biographical portrait of architect Francis Rattenbury, written and directed by Duncan, was the series pilot for The Canadians, and was also purchased by CTV for network broadcast in the summer of 2000.
He also wrote and structured the one hour NFB special, Lost Over Burma, which was broadcast on the CBC network as a Remembrance Day Special.
In 1996 he completed writing and co-producing the second season of Life on the Internet -- for Discovery Canada and PBS -- 13 half hour documentaries on how the Internet is changing people's lives Gemini nomination, best writer); and wrote and structured The Kid and the Spaceman, a one hour profile of Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, for Discovery.
In 1995 he wrote co-produced and directed a one hour special for USA Network and WIC on Ray Bradbury; for which he was nominated in 1996 for an ACE Award as Best Documentary Director. He also co-produced and wrote the second hour of a two part series - "Using the Internet" for Discovery and PBS and wrote, co-directed and co-produced the first 13 part half hour season for Discovery Canada and PBS -- Life on the Internet.