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Maurie Helle


Maurie is an Award-winning writer-producer-director. He has Co-produced and directed over 200 documentaries and specials, as well as more than 23,000 commercials. Helle also created two weekly children’s programs which aired for over 12 years. In 1990, he was selected by Food for The Hungry International, to go on location in Ethiopia and Kenya and document the organization’s efforts on the African Continent. This resulted in Helle, writing, producing and directing the acclaimed, “Seeds of Survival” documentary.

Maurie Graduated near the top of his class from Northwest Broadcasting School in 1959. He then worked as Chief Director at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio until 1960. Upon moving to Arizona, he became the Chief Director and Production Manager at KOOL-TV, now KSAZ-TV. During his long tenure there, he directed all specials, including Sports for Arizona State University, the first televised College World Series from Omaha, Nebraska and the new National Basketball Association (NBA) team in town, the Phoenix Suns. In 1987 he retired from Channel 10 and became the president of Helle International Inc. Maurie is now fully retired.

He has won many awards and accolades over his life and career, including the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame, both the NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter’s Gold Circle and Silver Circle Society inductions, Lifetime Honorary Member Arizona Production Association, Lifetime Honorary Member of Phoenix Ad Club, International, “Best of Show” Redevelopment Award for Williams Gateway Airport Video, Arizona Chapter of AWRT: Producer/director of the Year, Emmy Award (regional) Coverage of Papal Visit to Arizona, National Iris Award for “Chapter Ten” weekly children’s program Subject: “Juvenile Justice”, Who’s Who In The West”, CBS-TV Children’s Workshop Panelist, Phoenix Advertising Man of The Year, and First Honorary Life Member Ad 2 Phoenix.

Helle International, Inc. Clients have included Chapman Auto Dealerships (7), Shasta Pools & Spas, Barclay Communications, HandsOn Marketing, Dr. Paul Dentistry, RacerWorld, Cricket Communications, Children’s Miracle Network, Bisbee Museum (Smithsonian Institute), Fahey/Black Communications, Xerox Corporation, Prudential Insurance, Mayo Clinic, House of Broadcasting Museum, Illinois Harwood Lumber Association, First National Bank of Arizona, and Citizens Communications Corp.

Maurie enjoys community service and has given back in many ways including as volunteer director for Central United Methodist Church videos, Arizona Heart Association, Lupus Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, House Of Broadcasting Museum (board member), Arizona Production Association (Past President, founding V.P.), Gompers Foundation (former board member), Arizona Education Association (public service producer), Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (public service producer), and Scottsdale Community College (film board member).