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About Us

Take 5 is one of Canada's leading independent production companies specializing in award-winning television drama.

Our latest work includes Vikings season 2 (History), Penny Dreadful (Showtime, Sky), Reign (The CW, Bell Media), and Beauty and the Beast season 2 (The CW, Shaw Media).

Third seasons of Vikings and Beauty and the Beast are in production as well as second seasons of Penny Dreadful and Reign.

Over the past five years, Take 5 has produced over 200 hours of episodic television programming in partnership with Showtime, Starz, History, MGM, CBS, The CW, Bell Media, Shaw Media and the CBC.

Our projects include international treaty coproductions, US/Canadian co-ventures and production service structures.

Take 5 has the expertise to facilitate all regulatory filings; to negotiate coproduction agreements; to raise Canadian financing; to leverage high profile talent, crew and suppliers; to manage Canadian and overseas production; and to complete delivery to distributors around the world.

In addition to our production and financing services, we provide internationally-recognized post production services supported by in-house editing suites, ADR facilities, and an award-winning visual effects department. Our post production work can be seen in major television series including Penny Dreadful, Vikings, The Borgias, Camelot and The Tudors.

Bios


John Weber

PRESIDENT AND CEO

John Weber began his film and television career in 1995, and has produced and serviced numerous television projects throughout his career. In 2009, Weber founded Take 5 Productions which has quickly become an industry leader in international co-production. Prior to Take 5, Weber was the CEO and controlling shareholder of Dufferin Gate Productions, a Toronto-based production service company which he successfully sold in 2007.

In addition to his services as President of Take 5, Weber is an Executive Producer of Vikings (MGM/History), The Borgias (Showtime), Camelot (Starz), Beauty and the Beast (The CW/CBS), Reign (The CW/CBS), World Without End (Tandem), and The Tudors (Showtime). Weber is also a Professional Accountant with a degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Gina Vanni

VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & PRODUCTION

Prior to joining Take 5, Gina Vanni was Vice-President, Production Finance for Dufferin Gate Productions, where she managed development and financing for the company’s considerable slate of productions.

Previous to that, Gina worked with the Ontario Media Development Corporation in several capacities, including Team Lead in the Tax Credits and Financing Department and Director of Tax Credits, where she oversaw the administration of Ontario’s Film & Television credits. Gina currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.


Bill Goddard

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF POST PRODUCTION

Bill Goddard began his career at CFTO in the mid 70s. He continued as an editor in the commercial, drama and TV movie genres for the next 25 years.

He worked on some of North America’s biggest series including Friday the 13th, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Forever Knight, Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues and SCTV, earning both Gemini and Emmy nominations for his work.

Bill went on to edit the Pilot for Showtime’s original series, Queer as Folk, and later became a Co-Producer for the groundbreaking show. He continued his passion for high quality Television drama when he became the Executive in Charge of Post Production and Co-Producer for the award winning series, The Tudors.

Bill is now heading up Take 5 Productions as the Executive in Charge of Post Production overseeing a team of over 40 people.

Bill is currently Co-Producer on Vikings, Reign, and Beauty and the Beast for Take 5 Productions.