James Bland is the creator, showrunner and star of the Emmy Award winning drama series Giants. The series originally premiered on the Issa Rae YouTube Channel, but has since made the jump to broadcast television — becoming one of the first scripted series on Cleo TV, a new cable network from TV One.
Praised for it’s authentic portrayal of the black millennials experience, Giants has won Best Drama at the Streamys, the Indie Series Awards and the International Academy of Web and Television Awards. It was the only digital series to be honored with a 2018 Voice Award for its contribution to behavioral health understanding. With over 5 million views on YouTube, the series has earned Bland an Indie Series Award for Best Lead Actor and Best Writing in a Drama as well as multiple Daytime Emmy nominations for acting, writing and producing.
Bland is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he also became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He began his professional career working under producers and creative executives at Sony Screen Gems. While navigating the studio world, he wrote and directed a handful of short films and web series. He then went on to work as a digital producer for TV Land and Nickelodeon.