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James is a film and TV director originally from Vancouver.  He’s directed television series (Killjoys, Ransom, Burden of Truth, Rookie Blue, Private Eyes, Call Me Fitz, Saving Hope, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil), as well as half a dozen TV pilots (Rabbittown, Fancy), several celebrated short films (Second Date, The Dog Walker), and the beloved feature film Old Stock.  Nominated for CSA, Genie, Gemini, and DGC awards as a director, James writes, co-writes, develops and pitches all kinds of film and television.





2017 DGC Award nomination for best director in a Comedy – Kim’s Convenience
2014 Canadian Screen Award nomination for best direction in a comedy series – Seed
2013 Canadian Comedy Award nominations for best film and best direction – Old Stock
2012 Gemini Nomination for Best Direction in a Comedy Series – Call Me Fitz
2009 Director’s Guild of Canada nomination for best direction in a series – Robson Arms
2005 Leo nomination for best director – The Dog Walker
2004 Genie Award nomination for “Best Live Action Short Drama” – The Dog Walker
2004 Leo Nominations for best screenwriting – The Dog Walker
2000 Leo nomination for Best Director – Second Date
1999 Genie Award Nomination for Best Overall sound (as sound designer) – Rupert’s Land
1997 Leo Award for Sound Editing (as sound designer) – Saint Monica
1996 Philip Borsos Award for Best BC short – Direct Lines


“Deliciously droll” – Toronto Sun
“Old Stock has charm in spades” –
“A gem of a film” – The Art Scene
“Honest and different” – Scene Creek

“An amiably warm celebration” – The Globe and Mail
“an insightful script, introspective direction, and fine chemistry” – Sound on Sight
“TER’s picks for EIFF 2013 – Monster’s University and Old Stock” – The Edinburgh Reporter



James Genn – Film and TV Director


Canadian Agent: Carl Liberman // The Characters Agency
8 Elm Street Toronto ON // 416-964-8522
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US Agents: Bill Douglass, Jennifer Good // Paradigm Agency
360 North Crescent Drive Beverly Hills CA // 310-288-8000
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