James Hurst is an award-winning writer/creator/producer of television series with a wealth of experience in scripted drama and comedy series in Canada. He launched his career with the ground-breaking teen drama series DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION (CTV & Teen Nick), writing thirty episodes and show-running seasons five and six. He went to write/produce many notable series, including FLASHPOINT (CTV & CBS), BEING ERICA (CBC & Soapnet), SOPHIE (CBC), TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (Space) and most recently THE LISTENER (CTV & Fox Intl). As creator, James developed the concept and wrote the pilot for the long running teen music drama INSTANT STAR (CTV & Teen Nick). Along with celebrated novelist Andrew Pyper, James is co-creator of a number of series in development. A graduate of York University, James has won two Canadian Screenwriter Awards (2004 & 2005) and received three nominations (2006, 2007, 2010). He has also received two Gemini nominations (2007 & 2004). Wearing a different hat, James has also contributed to WIRETAP and THIS AMERICAN LIFE, both for Public Radio International.