James Manos Jr.
Occupation(s)Writer and Producer
Notable workDexter
The Shield
The Sopranos

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 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his work on the episode "College" 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 which lasted 8 seasons. He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for best dramatic series for his work on the first season of Dexter.

Manos recently was the Executive Producer for 7 episodes of Ice for Direct TV and E-One Entertainment and executive produced the 8-episode order of South of Hell for Sonar Entertainment and WeTv. He wrote and sold the half-hour series "Staying Brown" about two Puerto Rican ladies from the barrio on the lamb in Europe to Amazon as well as the one-hour comedy "The Slow and Complete Decompensation of Jim Manos" to TNT. He wrote "Chess" for the writer/producers David McFadzean and Matt Williams and "Brand" a series about the world of counterfeiting high end merchandise.

He wrote an independent feature film "I Am Lupe," about La Lupe, an incredible Afro-Cuban entertainer. Lauren Velez will star under direction by Manos himself. Arturo Sandoval is slated to score the film. Manos also wrote "The Ladies" for HBO's producer, Joe Pichirallo and a one-hour series "Crossroads" for Graham King.

He 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 Primetime Emmy Awards and won three. Additionally, it won the CableACE Award for Best Picture of the year.

He also produced the critically acclaimed Apollo 11 and The Ditchdigger's Daughters.

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.

He also just completed a one-man Off-Broadway show "In the Pocket" which tells the life of Mark Rivera, a virtuoso musician who has always been a "sideman" but now he wants to stand in the limelight. He also wrote the black comedy, The Misconception which is being developed with the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City for an Off-Broadway run.

Manos is also a novelist having written "Little Ellie Claus" published by Simon Schuster and "Marked", a cop franchise as a graphic novel for Graphic India, the Sharad Devarajan, and Gotham Chopra imprint.

He is represented by Michael Van Dyke at Inspired Entertainment and Alan Grodin at Weintraub, Tobin, Chediak, Coleman, and Grodin.

Personal life

Manos is a Greek Orthodox Christian.[2]


Year Title Credit Role Notes
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Producer Himself
TV movie
1996 Apollo 11 Actor Simsup TV movie
1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters Executive producer TV movie
1999 The Sopranos Co-producer / Writer 5 episodes
1999 Road Rage Writer TV movie
2002–2003 The Shield Writer / Consulting producer 25 episodes
2006–2013 Dexter Developer / Writer / Executive producer 96 episodes
2015 South of Hell Executive producer 8 episodes
2016–2018 Ice Executive producer 9 episodes
2017 Adrift Producer Patron Completed


  1. ^ Sonck, Fredrik (4 September 2016). "James Manos Jr. skrev in sig själv i massmördaren". Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish). Helsingfors. pp. 36–37.
  2. ^ "Deconstructing Dexter - Arts & Culture - Jerusalem Post". www.jpost.com. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 2019-04-27.