About James

James is a Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award winning, and Canadian Screen Award and Yorkton Film Festival Award nominated media professional; specializing in factual content programming for both television and digital media.

James’ love of history stems from his childhood; visiting historic sites, museums and battlefields. His father’s passion for history was also an important influence, including first-hand accounts of life as an officer in the British Army’s elite Parachute Regiment.

Armed with a History degree from UCL, James emigrated from the UK to Canada after graduation and was soon working for Historica Canada; the largest independent organisation dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. As part of the Memory Project team, James helped create an extensive online audio and video archive of eyewitness accounts by Canadian veterans of the Second World War and Korean War.

James has worked on a variety of history documentaries as an Associate Producer, Researcher, Story Editor and Writer. These include Camp X: Secret Agent School, Black Watch SnipersWar StoryBattle FactoryReal Vikings and The World Without Canada for the History Channel Canada, The Weapon Hunter for the Smithsonian Channel, and The Dictators Rulebook for PBS and National Geographic.

Awards

Excellence in Journalism Award

The History Factor won its first award in November 2015.

The Battle of Monte Cassino” YouTube video won the Canadian Ethnic Media Association‘s 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award for Best Internet Video.

The award was introduced and presented by former NDP MP, Olivia Chow.

Canadian Screen Award and Yorkton Film Festival Award

For his work on the History Channel Canada’s Camp X: Secret Agent School, James was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

For his work on the award winning Real Vikings (a companion to the popular Vikings drama on the History Channel), he was nominated for a Yorkton Film Festival award