born -> art school -> illustrator -> photographer -> ad creative -> ad creative director -> commercial director -> tv creator/producer/director/writer
James received formal training at OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design ) in Integrated Media, specializing in digital time-based media practices and illustration.
He then spent the better part of his 20’s as a servant to the Dark Arts aka Advertising. First as an art director and then as a creative director at some of the world’s top ad agencies. His work work on global brands have won dozens of awards for their visual style and bent humour while setting sales records for his clients. A rare alchemy.
In 2004. Looking for a more satisfying creative canvas James transitioned to long form work.
To date James has co-created, executive produced, written and directed 11 tv series, 200+ episodes ( scripted, reality, doc, family, animated ) that have been sold into over 150 territories. His shows have won a Gemini, CCMA Country Music Program of the Year and have been nominated by the Writers Guild, ACTRA Awards and seven times by the Canadian Screen Awards for excellence. In addition to his films that have at screened at TIFF and other festivals winning awards at several.