Jean Burke has made many documentary and educational programs. For her, each project has two starting points: thorough research into the subject and knowledge about the audience.
Her latest is Zapped: The Buzz about Mosquitoes. Jean wrote and co-produced this production for The Nature of Things. It’s a story of mosquitoes, their natural history and our battle against them and the diseases they spread; and it’s told with extreme close-up photography, as well as the fascinating work of renowned scientists in unforgettable locations.
Jean began her TV career at TVOntario where she wrote and produced hundreds of programs for broadcast and educational uses, including 50 videos for Brock University’s Bachelor of Education distance education program, and 20 videos for northern Native students on small engine repair. She also wrote and produced the 6-part political series Left, Right and Centre, the 6-part informational series Child Care, and the 10-part series on new technologies, Cybernation.
Before that, Jean spent nine years in London, England, where she worked for various Fleet Street newspapers including The Daily Mail and The Times.
In partnership with Alan Burke, she has since story-edited numerous dramatic scripts including Water of Life, and is the uncredited co-writer on documentaries for CBC, National Geographic and Travel & Escape.
Jean co-produced the TV adaptation of The Faerie Queen, choreographed by John Alleyne and performed by Ballet British Columbia, and aired on CBC’s Opening Night. She also wrote the telescript.
She is currently developing several projects with partner Alan Burke.