Handel Productions was founded by Alan Handel in 1985 and is now one of Canada’s leading producers of factual television and documentary programs. Our reputation is built on a history of great storytelling and creating innovative, entertaining television. We are very active in international co-production and work with some of the best companies in the UK and broadcasters around the world.
Handel Productions produces and co-produces some of the most ambitious CGI factual specials on television: Earth From Space, The Last Day of the Dinasoars, Inside the Titanic, Journey to the Edge of the Universe.
Recent Series': Strip the City (6 x 60min), Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
Current projects in production: Leonardo: Inside the Mind of a Genius, Ultimate Tutankhamen, Meet the Sloths, Travelers Tales, Aliens: The Definitive Guide
2005’s How William Shatner Changed the World, used a mix of comedy and science, and won a Gemini Award as well as getting nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Handel Productions has worked with broadcasters worldwide, including: Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, Global Television, National Geographic, Bravo US, The History Channel US, PBS, ARTE, BBC, Channel Five UK, ZDF and many other major networks.
One of Canada's leading producers of factual television, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His films have been broadcast on CBC, SRC, CTV, Canal D, Discovery Channel Canada, Discovery International, Global Television, The History Channel, Bravo US, Channel Five UK, PBS, BBC, ZDF, ARTE, and many other major networks around the world.
From 1974 to 1985, Alan worked at the CBC as a television producer on The Journal, The Fifth Estate, Man Alive, Quebec Report, Decision and a number of specials. He was Senior Producer of CBC Television Current Affairs in Quebec during its first historic “Referendum”.
In 1985, Handel Productions Inc. was formed. He now heads the company and acts as executive producer in all its productions and co-productions.
André Barro is best known for his work on international documentary productions. Before joining Handel Productions, André oversaw the development and production of several hundred hours worth of high-quality television programming. He supervised productions brought to life by creators based in Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris and has over 15 years of experience in International co-productions.
Series such as Insectia, Mayday, Jonestown, True Crime Scene, Crash of the Century, MadLab and Killers Cults were developed and produced under his leadership. They received critical acclaim along with numerous awards, and were broadcasted in over 130 different countries, notably on National Geographic (USA, INTERNATIONAL), Discovery (CAN, USA, INTERNATIONAL), France 2, France 3, France 5, M6 (FR), FIVE, Living, BSKY (UK), ASTRAL, SRC (CAN), Prosiben (GERMANY), Mediaset (ITALY).
An established producer and an experienced hand at treaty co-production, Léon joined Handel Productions in 2007.
Before then he was a Producer at Cineflix where he supervised productions including: Mayday (2 & 3), Ten Days to Victory, Dog Fights Over Guadalcanal, and Madlab. He also spent time at Cine-Groupe, where he produced Sagwa the Siamese Cat, and Seriously Weird.
Nicola’s career in the industry began a little over 20 years ago. In addition to his responsibility as Head of Finance with a number of production and distribution companies operating at an international level, Nicola has also been Associate Head of Production and Head of Business Affairs.
Some of the productions he has been involved in are Sirens, The Hunger (series), The Lost World (series) and Mémoires affectives.
Natalie has over 25 years of experience in the film and television industry.
Specializing in rights aquisitions and contract management, before joining Handel Productions, Natalie worked for major national and international companies such as TVA Films, TVA Motion International, Cinar, and the National Film Board.