Dirk Maggs Biography Version 0.6

Dirk Maggs was born in 195? in the channel Island of Jersey in the UK.

After training as a drama teacher, Dirk Maggs main adventures started in Film ( loading Panavision magazines on a 1979 Donald Sutherland feature ) & Television ( Promotion Production for BBC TV ). Realising the only way he could make epic pictures on a British budget was in Radio, Dirk began creating "Audio Movies" - full cast dramas with cinematic sound effects and music, mixed into Dolby Surround (the use of which Dirk pioneered in the BBC ).

He is now a freelance writer and director with projects in development including a major feature film and a TV series, The Leather-bound Leslie Nielsen, which he is CO-producing with the star of the "Naked Gun" movies.

In 1999 the Directors Guild Of Great Britain invited Dirk to give a seminar on his work at the Actors Centre in London. He is also a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Awarded a 2000 Sony Bronze Award for Best Drama, Dirk’s adaptation of Voyage, Doctor Stephen Baxter’s best selling novel about a NASA Mars mission, also won the 1999 Talkie Award for Best Use of Music.

In late 1998 Dirk was let loose to create Radio 4’s first Christmas "Blockbuster", The Gemini Apes, which starred Christopher Lee, and the year before adapted and directed an updated version of John Landis’s film An American Werewolf in London, for BBC Radio 1. Dirk’s script for "Werewolf" was nominated for the 1997 Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatisation, and the production won the 1997 Talkie Award for Best TV/Film Adaptation.

This was the third year in succession that Dirk won a Talkie Award, which recognise the best audio material released into the very competitive UK commercial market.

In 1996 20th Century Fox asked Dirk to write & direct Independence Day UK, a parallel sequel to the hit movie. Dirk worked closely with its producer & CO-writer Dean Devlin to realise the production, which became Number One Selling Spoken Word Cassette in the Bookseller Chart, and won the 1996 Talkie Award for Best Production. It was the first BBC production made by the production company Dirk CO-founded, Audio Movies Ltd.

Dirk was a Senior Producer in BBC Radio Light Entertainment and has continued working freelance in Radio comedy, most recently with the hit series Punt & Dennis’ it's Been a Bad Week for Celador Productions for BBC Radio 2 and the Radio 4 cult comedy series Man of Soup starring Josie Lawrence, Andrew Sachs and Morwenna Banks.

In 1997 he devised and produced The Jasper Carrott Trial, which immediately transferred to BBC TV, and he is responsible for The Russ Abbot Show, which achieved record ratings for Radio 2 comedy. Dirk’s 1995 productions of Radio 1’s 80-episode ( honest! ) Judge Dredd won the 1995 Talkie Award for Best Production.

Dirk’s script for his 1995 series The Amazing Spider-Man was nominated for the 1995 Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatisation. The series, with theme music by Brian May, was a best-selling cassette / CD release.

In 1993 Dirk was asked by BBC Radio 1 to come up with the network’s very first daily drama; the result was Batman: Knightfall which reached No.1 in the "Spoken Word" Charts in the UK.

In the United States, the Time Warner Audiobooks release of Dirk’s 1993 production Superman: Doomsday & Beyond was voted Spoken Word Audio Of The Year by the U.S. Publisher’s Weekly, and won 1994’s Audie Award for Best Dramatisation by the American Booksellers Association.

In 1992 Dirk’s Radio 4 recreations of classic Marx Brothers radio shows, Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel won the Gold Medal at the New York International Festival, and the second series of his Adventures of Superman was a finalist in the "Best Use of Sound" category.

In his other life Dirk can be found playing drums for a South Coast blues / rock band, The Red Hot Pokers.

He is married with three sons.

Last Update Friday, 29 November, 2002 9:25 AM

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