Conrad William Denke
|Conrad William Denke|
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|Born||July 23, 1947 (Age 72)|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
Conrad William Denke (born July 23, 1947) is an American producer, director, editor, documentary writer and entrepreneur. He is the host of Band Talk with Conrad and national pioneer with High Definition Video production. Denke owns Victory Studios and is the executive producer of "Band in Seattle".
Denke holds a degree in Radio/Television Communications and Psychology from the University of Washington.
He served four years in the Air Force as a cameraman/director for the Fifth Air Force Pacific Command, producing films in Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. In 1973, Denke was a cameraman for Operation Homecoming, a show documenting the POW releases from Hanoi, North Vietnam. In 1978, he and his wife Laura started American Production Services which became Victory Studios.
Denke has worked in several production genres as a producer, writer and director, including documentaries, corporate, children’s programming, TV talk shows, and feature-length television movies. He has recently completed five years as a co-executive producer on a series of public affairs documentaries for PBS, entitled "National Desk".
He is also listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, America, the West, and Entertainment.
Denke is the editor of the book, “The Art & Craft of Motion Picture Editing” by Michael Hoggan, ACE, and on “Before the Wedding” and “ Secrets for Achieving a Successful Marriage,” both authored by Laura Nielson Denke, his wife.
Denke's filmmaking awards include a national Emmy for the documentary “Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project,” local Emmys, several Cine Golden Eagle awards; Awards from the New York International Film and TV Festival, the US International Film Festival, the International Television Association, several Aurora awards, B/PAA West Awards, the Houston International Film Festival Gold Awards, IFPA and AIME awards, an Axiem award, several national Telly awards; and a Chris award from the Columbus film festival. He has also received several Emerald City awards and an award for directing from the Western Heritage Center and National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Denke received the “Person of the Year” award from Media Inc. Magazine and “Producer of Merit” from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Denke is married to Laura Lee Nielson and has two children, Alexander Lee and Elisabeth Anne.