Thursdays 1:30 – 2:30 on Zoom by appointment.
James McNamara is a screenwriter and a Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Recent industry work includes creating and writing original television dramas for Goalpost Pictures, Quizzical Pictures, M-Net, and Sony Pictures / Playmaker, and writers’ rooms for the Academy Award-winning See Saw Films, Matchbox Pictures / NBC Universal, Foxtel, ABC, and Endemol Shine. McNamara is also directing and writing an audio series for Amazon Audible and Princess Pictures, and is attached to write the feature film. Additionally, McNamara has consulted on feature films for Porchlight Films, Icon Film Distribution, and Fox Searchlight Pictures. He was recently named an “international rising star” by BAFTA LA.
McNamara’s creative practice, teaching, and research focus on adaptation studies, with a particular interest in screen adaptations of Shakespeare. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, and Australian Book Review, where he is a past member of the editorial advisory board. In 2018, he was guest editor of ABR’s film and television special issue, and he received the Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship, one of Australia’s major awards for cultural criticism, for his work on early 21st-century US cable television. Prior to coming to UCSB, McNamara was the Junior Dean of Pembroke College, University of Oxford.