James Manos, Jr. is an American film and television writer and producer.
Manos worked as a co-producer and writer on the first season of The Sopranos. In 1999 Manos won the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for Dramatic Series category for his work on the “College” episode of The Sopranos. The award was shared with his co-writer, The Sopranos creator David Chase.
He then completed two seasons as Consulting Producer on The Shield. He developed, produced, and wrote the pilot of Dexter, the Showtime drama series. He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for best dramatic series for his work on the first season of Dexter. Manos just completed Executive Producing the 8-episode order of South of Hell for Sonar Entertainment and WeTv.
He successfully produced the award-winning movie The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, starring Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges, for HBO. The movie was nominated for six Emmys and won three. Additionally, it won the Cable Ace Award for Best Picture of the year.
He also produced the critically acclaimed Apollo 11 and The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, which was nominated for 3 Cable Ace Awards, including Best Picture.
A trained theater director, James received a degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in English/Theater and studied as a director at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. James also studied acting and later taught acting classes in New York. He has directed numerous plays regionally and in New York, including Inge’s The Disposal, Mrozek’s Vatzlav, Ionesco’s The Lesson, Molière’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and Arthur Miller’s Some Kind of Love Story. His latest play The Misconception is being developed with the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC for an Off-Broadway run.