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: River Monsters: Prehistoric Terror, Mankind from Space, 747: The Definitive Guide, Inside the Mind of Leonardo, Tutankhamen Decoded, Aliens: The Definitive Guide, Earth From Space
Recent Series': Scam City, Rise of the Machine, Strip the City, Meet the Sloths
Current projects in production: Bermuda Triangle: The Definitive Guide, Sea Monsters: The Definitive Guide, Brazil Untamed: The Pantanal, Pearl Harbor: The Untold Story
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).
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.