James Siegel is a thriller novelist and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BBDO New York. He holds a B.A. from the York College 1977, City University of New York, and lives in Long Island. He is an advertising executive in New York City, with writing credits from the "Yo, Yao" ad that aired during Super Bowl XXXVII. He is also responsible for advertisements for Eliot Spitzer's gubernatorial campaign in New York.
The movie Derailed, a film based on his 2003 novel of the same name, was released on October 21, 2005. The novel was also adapted as the Tamil film Pachaikili Muthucharam.