Professor LL.B., M.B.A.
Currently serving as the Chair of Ryerson's School of Creative Industries, James joined RTA’s faculty in 2004. He has taught screenwriting and television producing and continues to run the popular RTA in LA program on the campus of UCLA. He is a recipient of both the Dean's Teaching and Service awards at Ryerson. A recovering lawyer, James remains active in the commercial television industry. For Alliance Atlantis, James was the Executive Producer / Showrunner of the first three seasons of Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal starring Dan Aykroyd, Matt Frewer and Michael Moriarty. James also was the co-showrunner of The Zack Files and Seriously Weird. Other shows James wrote or produced include the documentary series Women on Top and the reality series Office Temps and Crash Addicts. He also developed the long running hit Heartland for the CBC. James was the Executive Producer / Showrunner of the comedy Family Biz, a France-Canada coproduction which aired on YTV, Canal Plus, ABC Spark, Boomerang (South America) and Disney Channel in New Zealand and Australia. The pilot for his new comedy Bob! The Slob premiered on Teletoon last summer. Most recently, for Guru Studios James helped develop and sell True and the Rainbow City to Netflix which will “drop” in 2017.