WELCOME TO THE PRODUCER’S VAULT
Tom Aziz was born in Montréal on November 4th, 1953. He is a graduate of Father Macdonald High School, Vanier College, and Concordia University in Communication Studies, finishing Magna Cum Barely.
His first job was as a technical assistant with the CBC in Ottawa in 1976. Two years later he became a studio cameraman and then a script assistant in the news department. In 1983 the time had come to move on to his first producer’s job with the CBC News for New Brunswick. After producing and directing the 1985 Liberal Leadership Convention in Moncton, the CBC’s National newsroom took notice and he was off to Toronto as director with the National and Sunday Report, working with Knowlton Nash and Peter Mansbridge.
PRODUCING AND DIRECTING CAREER
Tom Aziz has been making award winning TV shows for the last three decades. In 1987 he produced and directed CBC’s Live Youth Program Switchback with the late Johnson Moretti and Terry DiMonte. In 1990 he moved to CTV Ottawa and was a director on live news shows such as CTV’s Sunday Edition with the famed – and soon to be tamed – Mike Duffy. In 1991, he teamed up with Jack Donohue to create the twice Gemini nominated and three time CanPro Gold Medal winning documentary series Donohue’s Legends. The life stories of Gretzky, Orr, Cherry, Beliveau, Carter, the Richard Brothers and TV’s Rifleman Chuck Connors.
INDEPENDENT CAREER AND BIG LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS
In 1997, Big League Productions was created to produce The Habs This Week, which aired Saturdays at 6:30pm, for CFCF TV and CTV Montréal. It was the first weekly independently produced program in Montréal broadcasting history. The show was a hit in the market, beating the CBC Hockey Night in Canada pre-game show in the ratings by a 10-1 margin, and attracting a sixty percent share of viewers at its peak. Its success led to the creation of The Expos this Week and The Als this Week. For the next seven years Big League Productions made over 350 episodes of the series.
From 2007 to 2009 Tom Aziz was commissioned by the nine Quebec English language school boards and LEARN Quebec to create and produce s’Cool, a weekly news program. The show was written and performed by students, and was broadcast across the province Sundays at 11am on CTV Montréal.
In 2012, Les Productions Tom Aziz Inc. was created to develop and write the series L’Ultime Classement, a history of the Montréal Canadiens, for RDS. The eleven part documentary aired in prime time and was hosted by Pierre Houde. It was the highest rated independently produced series in the 25 year history of the Réseau des Sports.
THE PRODUCER’S VAULT
The Producer’s Vault is a collection from Tom Aziz’s personal archive, including programs from his thirty year career of television broadcasting history.