J. Miles Dale (born 1961)[1] is a Canadian producer and director of film and television,[2] best known for producing the critically acclaimed film, The Shape of Water, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards.[3][4] He is a regular collaborator of director Guillermo del Toro.

J. Miles Dale
Born1961 (age 58–59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationProducer, director
Years active1985–present
Parent(s)Jimmy Dale (father)
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture
2018 The Shape of Water

Early lifeEdit

Dale was born in Toronto, Ontario, to British-born Canadian jazz musician Jimmy Dale.[5][6] Dale attended Bayview Glen School from 1965 to 1968. In 1968, his father moved the family to Hollywood where he worked as a music director for The Smothers Brothers Show, The Andy Williams Show and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The family returned to Toronto in the mid-1970s, and Miles graduated from Jarvis Collegiate Institute. He attended the University of Toronto for a year and later transferred to the University of British Columbia before dropping out to join the film industry.[5][1]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Credited as Director Notes
Producer Executive


2001 Harvard Man Yes No No James Toback
2002 The Skulls II Yes No No Joe Chappelle
2003 Blizzard Yes No No LeVar Burton
2004 The Skulls III Yes No Yes Himself Directorial Debut
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Yes No No Danny Leiner
2006 Hollywoodland No Yes 2nd unit Allen Coulter Also unit production manager
2007 Talk to Me No Yes 2nd unit Kasi Lemmons
2008 Pontypool No Yes No Bruce McDonald
Flash of Genius No Yes 2nd unit Marc Abraham Also unit production manager
2009 Love Happens No Yes 2nd unit Brandon Camp
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World No Yes No Edgar Wright Also unit production manager
2011 The Thing No Yes 2nd unit Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
2012 The Vow No Yes No Michael Sucsy
2013 Mama Yes No No Andy Muschietti
Carrie No Yes No Kimberly Peirce
2014 Endless Love No Yes No Shana Feste
2017 The Shape of Water Yes No No Guillermo del Toro Academy Award for Best Picture
PGA Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture

DGA for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated–BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated–Gold Derby Award for Best Motion Picture
Nominated–IFTA Award for Best International Film

2019 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Yes No No André Øvredal
2020  Antlers Yes No No Scott Cooper In post-production
TBA  Nightmare Alley Yes No No Guillermo del Toro In filming


Year Title Credited as Notes
Producer Executive


1985 Comedy Factory Yes No No 7 episodes
1986 True Confessions Yes No No 6 episodes
1987–90 Friday the 13th: The Series Yes No No 70 episodes
1990 Top Cops Yes No Yes Producer - 1 episode
Director - 1 episode
1994 RoboCop: The Series Yes No Yes Producer - 23 episodes
Director - 1 episode
1996–98 F/X: The Series No Yes No Co-executive producer - 10 episodes
2000 Earth: Final Conflict No No Yes 1 episode
2001 Wolf Girl No No 2nd Unit Television film
2001–04 Doc No No Yes 5 episodes
2002–03 Andromeda No No Yes 2 episodes
2002–04 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye No No Yes 4 episodes
2007 'Til Death Do Us Part No No Yes 2 episodes
2016 Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments No Yes Yes Executive producer - 9 episodes
Director - 3 episodes
2014–17 The Strain Yes Yes Yes Executive producer - 22 episodes
Producer - 13 episodes
Director - 7 episodes
Also unit production manager - 30 episodes
Also 2nd unit director - 3 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result
2017 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture The Shape of Water Nominated
2018 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Won
Producers Guild of America Best Theatrical Motion Picture Won
Gold Derby Best Motion Picture Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Picture Nominated
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Nominated
Irish Film & Television Academy Best International Film Nominated


  1. ^ a b Mar 05, Victoria Ahearn · The Canadian Press · Posted; March 5, 2018 9:50 AM ET | Last Updated; 2018. "Toronto producer J. Miles Dale on his Oscar win — and spoiled speech | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  2. ^ Registration, PBNY (2017-09-28). "J. Miles Dale". Produced By: New York 2017. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  3. ^ "Oscars 2018: The list of nominees in full". BBC News. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Laws, Zach (2018-02-12). "J. Miles Dale ('The Shape of Water' producer): The 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' finally gets the girl [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  5. ^ a b "J. Miles Dale '68". Bayview Glen Independent School. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Meet the Toronto producer behind 'The Shape of Water'". The National Post. January 22, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.

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