James Dormer

Writer for film and television
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James Dormer is a showrunner and writer.  He is currently showrunning Medici: Masters of Florence for Lux Vide and Netflix. He was lead writer and exec producer on Beowulf, a 13 part series for ITV Studios. He has recently worked on multiple projects with Sid Gentle Films, Red Planet Pictures and Big Light Productions.

Previously James was lead writer and co-exectutive producer on Season 4 and 5 of Strikeback for Sky/HBO/Cinemax. James has worked on a number of successful series, including Strikeback Season 3,  Sinbad - a thirteen-part series about the 8th Century hero for Sky, Musketeers, Spooks, and ITV's The Fixer

In film, James wrote Outcast, an American Chinese co-production set in China during the time of the Qin Dynasty, starring Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen.



Writer & Executive Producer

12 x 60'
Producer Stephen Smallwood
Director Multiple Directors
  • Joanne Whalley
  • William Hurt
  • Ed Speleers

    Retelling of the classic Old English tale about the heroic Beowulf who battles the dragon Grendel.

    ITV Studios for ITV
    Creator Chris Ryan
    Director Julian Holmes
  • Philip Winchester
  • Sullivan Stapleton
  • Michelle Lukes
    James Dormer showruns latest series of HBO Cinemax/Leftbank's prime-time drama series which focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.
    HBO Cinemax/Leftbank
    Producer Michael Casey & Chris Thompson
    Director Michael J Bassett
  • Philip Winchester
  • Sullivan Stapleton
  • Robson Green

    James co-execed and wrote on series 4 of the HBO Cinemax/Left Bank Pictures action thriller. 'Section 20', a secretive unit of British military intelligence, conduct high risk missions across the world.

    HBO Cinemax/Leftbank Pictures for Sky 1


    Left Bank Pictures
    Creator Chris Ryan
    Director Paul Wilmshurst
  • Philip Winchester
  • Sullivan Stapleton
  • Rhona Mitra
    Cinemax's first scripted prime-time original drama series, focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20.
    Left Bank Pictures for Sky1
    In development
    3 x 60'
  • Elliot Knight
  • Marama Corlett
  • Elliot Cowan
  • Junix Inocian
  • Dimitri Leonidas
    James wrote three episodes of the thirteen part series following the adventures of Sinbad
    Impossible Pictures for Sky One
    In development
    Producer Chris Fry
    Director Ed Hall
  • Sagar Arya
  • Ashley Kumar
  • Paul Sharma
  • Peter Firth
    An episode of season 8 of the award winning BBC1 spy drama Spooks
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC
    Producer Faith Penhale
    Director Paul Whittington
  • Andrew Buchan
  • Elliot Cowan
  • Jody Latham
  • Peter Mullen
    Prime time ITV series about hit man, John Mercer
    Kudos Film and Television for ITV
    BBC drama commission for an evening play
    Creator Adrian Hodges
    Producer Jess Pope (Exec. producer)
    Director Saul Metzstein
  • Howard Charles
  • Tom Burke
  • Luke Pasqualino
  • Peter Capaldi
    Inspired by the classic swawsh-buckling novel, the 10 part BBC adaptation sees Aramis, Porthos and Athos embarking on new adventures in a gritty portrayal of 17th Century France. Starring Peter Capaldi, Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, Santiago Cabrera & Alexandra Dowling.
    In House BBC for BBC One

    A political family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

    Lux Vide, Italy for Netflix




    Producer Jeremy Bolt & George Mizen
    Director Nick Powell
  • Nicholas Cage
  • Hayden Christensen

    Original feature, an action romance set in medieval China.

    Constantin Films
    Producer Alex Boden & George Mizen
    Director Susan Jacobson
  • David Bradley
  • Georgis Groome
  • Vincent Regan
  • Terry Stone
    Original feature thriller set on a remote farm in the Peak District directed by Susan Jacobson
    Pistachio Pictures & Notorious Films
    Director Justin Chadwick
    Feature adaptation of the novel by Candanian author Andrew Pyper
    Brilliant Films & Cowboy Films
    In development
    Adaptation of the novel Until She Sleeps by Tim Lebbon, US set teen horror
    Commissioned by The Mob
    in development