Take 5, Whizbang and J. Miles Dale snag PGAs

Toronto-shot projects The Handmaid's Tale and The Shape of Water continue to claim high-profile prizes with their respective wins at the Producers Guild of America Awards.
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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) feted the best film and TV projects of 2017 on Jan. 20, with Toronto-made projects snagging two of the night’s biggest awards.

On the TV side, season one of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (pictured) won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. Among the Canadian producers recognized for their work on the project were Take 5 Productions’ John Weber and Whizbang Films’ Frank Siracusa. Other producers on the MGM Television-produced project are creator Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Joseph Boccia, Elisabeth Moss, Kira Snyder and Leila Gerstein. Previous winners of the award include Stranger ThingsGame of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

On the film side, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures award. Like The Handmaid’s Tale, the del Toro-directed feature also shot at Cinespace Studios in Toronto. The fantasy drama was produced by del Toro and Toronto native J. Miles Dale. Former winners include La La LandThe Big Short and Birdman

Both The Handmaid’s Tale and Shape of Water have been hot properties on the awards circuit in recent months, with each claiming a number of high-profile nominations and awards. Most recently, The Shape of Water received 12 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in addition to a Golden Globe for best director, while The Handmaid’s Tale won the best drama award at the Emmy Awards in September and earlier this month won the best drama prize at the Golden Globes.