James McNamara is currently creating Detective Cooper, a television series for Goalpost Pictures, Quizzicle Productions and M-Net, an adaptation of Malla Nunn’s critically acclaimed novels. He is also creating a series for Playmaker Media/Sony Pictures and writing, directing and producing podcast series with Princess Pictures for Audible.
James is an Australian born writer who has worked with production companies such as; See-Saw Films, Porchlight Films, Endemol Australia, Matchbox Pictures and as a script analyst for Icon Films. In addition to his creative work, James is an award-winning literary and television critic, whose work has been published in the New York Times, LA Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and The Australian.
James won the ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship – one of Australia’s major awards for cultural criticism – for his work on the HBO era of US television drama. James’s critical abilities were honed at Oxford, where he held a Clarendon Scholarship and received his PhD in English. He also holds degrees in English and Law from the University of Western Australia and in screenwriting from AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School). James was previously a corporate litigation lawyer specializing in international disputes for a top-tier US law firm. He currently resides in the USA but holds British and Australian passports and a US Green Card.