Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meet the Toronto Producer Behind 'The Shape of Water'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meet the Toronto Producer Behind 'The Shape of Water'

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Meet the Toronto producer behind 'The Shape of Water'

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TORONTO - As Guillermo del Toro's merman romance "The Shape of Water" swims with the frontrunners this awards season, a Toronto producer who worked on the film is getting a big moment in the spotlight.

J. Miles Dale has been working the red carpet for the Cold War-era fantastical film, which was shot in Hamilton and Toronto and stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who bonds with an amphibian creature (played by Doug Jones) in a secret government facility.

At Saturday's Producers Guild Awards, Dale stepped onstage with star Richard Jenkins to accept the top trophy -- the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Del Toro was with his ailing father in Mexico and couldn't be at the gala).

Here's a look at Dale, whose other credits include the films "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," and TV's "The Strain" and "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments":

UPBRINGING

Dale, 57, was born in Toronto and grew up largely in the city, where he attended Bayview Glen School. His British-born father, celebrated jazz musician Jimmy Dale, was a musical director for CBC-TV.

Dale's father relocated the family to Los Angeles for a period of time in the late '60s, to work on shows including "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," "The Andy Williams Show" and "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour." The family then returned to Toronto in the 1970s, where Dale attended Jarvis Collegiate followed by the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia.

CAREER TRAJECTORY

With his long and diverse list of credits, it's easy to see why Dale was the right fit to work on "The Shape of Water, which spans many genres.

"Guillermo, I think people think he's more genre than he really is," Dale said in an interview Monday.

"It's the same thing with me. …

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