COO, President & Partner |The Stratagem Group
James is a seasoned media and entertainment executive with experience running businesses around the globe – from London to Madrid, to Pune (India), Melbourne, Atlanta, New York, LA, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. James was most recently the President of Deluxe Creative Services (Deluxe, EFilm, Encore post-production and Method and Encore VFX) and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to Deluxe, James was the President and CEO of Sim International where he integrated Sim’s Camera, Lighting & Grip and Post production operations and he led Sim’s strategic acquisition of a sound stage company with over 400,000 square feet. James brings a wide and deep network from award-winning Colorists and production executives to studio heads and more.
Prior to Sim, James held executive roles at Rogers Communications and Corus Entertainment, where he managed P&Ls, led teams, M&A, integrations and operations, as well as the design and build out of cutting-edge studios, production, post production broadcast facilities. James also held executive roles in e-commerce and a private investment company where he was a founding shareholder and board member of a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) that successfully executed a qualified transaction in 2017.
He has launched businesses, managed turn-around business and modernized mature businesses by embracing technology and focusing on client service, team building and good governance.
James has been on the boards and chaired audit committees and compensation committees of public and private companies since 2012. He has supported his communities by volunteering as an advisory member for the American Society of Cinematographers (2019-2020), board member of the Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation (2010-2019), advisory board member of the Odette School of Business (2007-2013), and, as swim coach for Special Olympics (1992-2003).
James has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and he is Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA/CA).
The Stratagem Group is pleased to have James share his strategic, operational and financial experience from having successfully led world-class operations and teams at scale.