James R. DeBee is the founder of DeBee Communications, Inc., that produces documentaries, commercials and educational videotapes. He holds two degrees in Radio, Television and Film from California State University, Northridge, California and in Media Communications Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York. He also has an M.S. in Educational Technology Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. DeBee has over twenty-five years of video/film experience with all technical aspects of video production. He has worked in many capacities such as producer, director, writer, editor, lighting director, photographer, media specialist, and executive producer. His partial credit list includes KTLA 5, Beyond Sound Productions, Group W Cable, Silent Network, Family Communication’s Mister Rogers’ Neighorhood, National Association of the Deaf, National Catholic Office for the Deaf, DawnSign Press/Pictures, PBS, KCET, Deaf West Theatre, GLAD, and Gallaudet University.
Twenty-five years of video/film experience. Partial credit list includes KTLA 5, Beyond Sound Productions, Group W Cable, Silent Network, Family Communication’s Mister Rogers’ Neighorhood, National Association of the Deaf, National Catholic Office for the Deaf, DawnSign Press/Pictures, PBS, KCET, Deaf West Theatre, GLAD, and Gallaudet University.
James R. DeBee garnered “EMMY" awards, the National Television Association's Emmy, as best television series for special audiences, and outstanding programming achievement for "The Los Angeles Club for the Deaf Story" documentary depicting the rise and fall of a well-known deaf club. His numerous production work includes "American Sign Language Video Series," "Vista's Signing Naturally Level II," "American Sign Language Literature Series," “Mouth Morphemes,” "GLAD of, by & for Deaf People," "Protect Yourself, A Basic Guide to Self Defense," "Fingerspelling Fluency," "Self Defense: Women Teaching Women," "Once Upon A Time...Children's Classics," and "World Beyond Sound" (129 shows, National Cable Network). . He was the host and producer for the program “For Your Eyes,” a bi-weekly CSD-TV magazine providing a blend of investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of deaf and hard of hearing people in the news. It is broadcast on Internet TV. Also, he recently produced “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with ASL Signers.