James Nadler LLB, MBA

Professor and Chair
416-979-5000 ext. 2297
jnadler@ryerson.ca
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Education


  • M.B.A., l'Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), France.
  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario Law School. Called to the Ontario bar.
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, Drama/Film Studies, Hanover, N.H., USA

Biographical Statement


James was named Chair of Ryerson’s School of Creative Industries, July 2016. He has previously served as Associate Chair of RTA School of Media and as Director of the Masters of Arts in Media Production. He is a recipient of both the Dean's Teaching and Service awards at Ryerson.

James joined Ryerson RTA as a full time faculty member 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 was named a Visiting Scholar at UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television.

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. For Guru Studios he helped develop and sell True and the Rainbow City to Netflix which “dropped” in 2017 and has been renewed fro two more seasons. Most recently, the pilot for his new comedy Bob! The Slob premiered on Teletoon and is currently playing worldwide on Toon Googles.


Selected Scholarly and Professional Academic Activities


2017

  • Nadler, James & Dubois, Louis-Etienne. Creative Industries' capstone course: A reflexive, sense-making experience. Ryerson learning and Teaching Conference. May 18.
  • Creative Leadership in the Creative Industries (FCASD Special Small Grant Competition in Cultural Policy and Strategy; Principal Investigator)

2016

  • Nadler, James & Davis, Charles.  Cultural Discount Redoubled: International Television Co-Productions and the Cultural Discount: the Case of Family Biz. Invited speaker, Cultural Transduction Conference, Universidad del Norte and Universidad de La Sabana, Barranquilla, Colombia on May 24.
  • Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Moderator: Glen Mazarra & the Anti-hero. April 30.

2015

  • Chair / Keynote Speaker.  Beijing TV Seminar on Reality Television. Ryerson University, Toronto. October 13, 19 and 20.

2014

  • Cynopsis Webinar. Panel Member: Developing, Programming & Distributing Multi-Platform Kids Content. December 15.

2012

  • Nadler, James. Dartmouth Alumni in Design & Architecture Show.  Screenings of episodes of The Zack Files and Family Biz.  Dartmouth College. June 9 to 17.
  • Nadler, James & Davis, Charles. The Showrunner: Creative, Economic, and Coordination of Production in the North American Television Industry. Presented at International Symposium on Media Innovations, University of Oslo, Norway. April 19.   

2010

  • Nadler, James & Davis, Charles.  International Television Co-Productions, Clustering and the Cultural Discount: the Case of Family Biz, a Comedy. Bits Without Borders:  Law, Communications & Transnational Culture Flow in a Digital Age. Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan. September 24.
  • Nadler, James. Who's Running the Show?  Creative and Economic Showrunner Models in the U.S. and Canada. Presented at PopCANZ Conference First Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney Australia. July 1.
  • Panel Speaker. Writers Wanted: Career Dynamics of Being a Screenwriter in Canada. Corus Entertainment/Ryerson University Conference on Screenwriting. March 27. 
  • Nadler, James & Davis, Charles.  International Television Co-Productions, Clustering and the Cultural Discount: the Case of Family Biz, a Comedy. Presentedat IX World Media Economics and Management Conference, Bogotá, Colombia. June 3.

2009

  • Nadler, James & Davis, Charles.  International Television Co-Productions, Clustering and the Cultural Discount: the Case of Family Biz, a Comedy. Presented at 12th Uddevalla Symposium on the Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy.  Published in the Symposium’s proceedings.

2008

  • Keynote Speaker: Killer Wheat, Peanut Butter and Other Adventures in Canadian Content Coproductions. Presented at 2008 Pennsylvania Canadian Studies Consortium Conference, Pennsylvania State University.

2006

  • Conference Chair / Panel Speaker.  Shaking the Box: A Writing Conference Examining the Continuing Evolution of the Television Series. Bell GlobeMedia/Ryerson University Conference on Television Writing.

2005

  • Panel member.  Bell GlobeMedia/Ryerson University Conference on Television Writing. Writing and Reality Television.
  • Member of Yeats School of Graduate Studies, 2006 to present.