Jim Donovan

Originally from Montreal and now based in Toronto, I caught the film bug in my teens. Since then my body of work has flowed through the eclectic worlds of music videos, commercials, independent film, docs and scripted television.

In episodic TV, I work on both English and French prime time series with such accomplished producers such as Epitome, Avamar, 7-24, Casablanca Films, Attraction Media; and for networks such as CTV, CBC, SRC, MTV, CBS, LMN, NatGeo, Discovery, Fox, and Showcase. Highlights include: Are You Afraid of the Dark, Instant Star, Flashpoint, Heartland, Republic of Doyle, Le Clan, and Cracked.


My second feature, Pure, was nominated for Best Direction at the 2005 DGC Awards. 3 Saisons, my follow up film, won multiple awards including the Borsos for best Canadian feature at the 2008 Whistler Film Festival, and a triple nomination at the 2010 Genie Awards including for Best Picture. 


In 2013, I won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a TV series for Flashpoint, "A Day in the Life."  The episode of Cracked, "Ghost Dance," that I directed was nominated for Best TV Drama at the 2014 DGC Awards.

I was tapped, in 2015, as series director on 2 seasons of a highly acclaimed French-language series for Radio-Canada (SRC) entitled Le Clan, which was acquired by ITV for an American remake. In 2017 I directed the pilot bloc for the Netflix Original series 21 Thunder, a new prime time series focusing on the world of professional soccer which is now streaming worldwide.


Recent projects include a 6 part mini-series Le Siège which aired on SRC last fall and development on a new feature film project entitled Something Like Truth, produced by David Greenblatt and Shane Black in Los Angeles.

Jim Donovan
Television & Film Director


Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Agency

+1 (416) 961-2777


Los Angeles

David Greenblatt, Greenlit Management

+1 (310) 451-7200


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