Welcome to The History Factor!
Through YouTube and Instagram videos (along with the occasional blog!), The History Factor highlights and explores exciting, important and downright awesome stories from the past.
With hands on investigation, gripping eyewitness interviews, and passionate guest contributors, The History Factor is an award winning one-stop shop for engaging online history content. It’s History, but AWESOME!
This week in history:
About James Ellis, the founder and host
James is a Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award winning, and Canadian Screen Award and Yorkton Film Festival Award nominated media professional; specializing in factual content programming for both television and digital media.
James’ love of history stems from his childhood; visiting historic sites, museums and battlefields. His father’s passion for history was also an important influence, including first-hand accounts of life as an officer in the British Army’s elite Parachute Regiment.
Armed with a History degree from UCL, James emigrated from the UK to Canada after graduation and was soon working for Historica Canada; the largest independent organisation dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. As part of the Memory Project team, James helped create an extensive online audio and video archive of eyewitness accounts by Canadian veterans of the Second World War and Korean War.
James’ first foray into television was assisting in the production of the History Channel Canada’s D-Day to Victory series. He has worked as a researcher on Battle Factory, Black Watch Snipers, and the award-winning War Story. He was an Associate Producer and Story Editor on Season 2 of The Weapon Hunter on the Smithsonian Channel, and recently finished working on the History Channel Canada’s series to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation: The World Without Canada.
For his work on the History Channel Canada’s Camp X: Secret Agent School, James was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, and for his work on Real Vikings (a companion to the popular Vikings drama on the History Channel), he was nominated for a Yorkton Film Festival award.
The History Factor won its first award in November 2015.
The award was introduced and presented by former NDP MP, Olivia Chow.