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Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Chris began his film and television career in Orlando, Florida working on a wide variety of commercials, music videos, television programs and feature films. Some of his credits in Orlando include Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar and The Crow for Miramax.
In 1995 Chris relocated to Los Angeles to work on the film The Devil’s Advocate, followed by Mad City for Warner Brothers, The Out of Towners for Paramount Studios, and the ground breaking “first of its kind” live-action animation Dinosaur for Walt Disney Studios.
In November of 2000, Chris took on the most challenging project of his career to date. He spent five months in war torn, poverty-stricken Cambodia, as the Production Supervisor on Matt Dillon’s directorial film debut City of Ghosts for MGM/UA.
Chris had now cemented himself as a sought-after producer and from 2000-2005 he produced for Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer, James Cameron. Chris was tasked with supervising both physical and post production for Cameron’s Earthship Productions. During his years with Earthship, the company produced the two-hour LIVE broadcast event entitled Last Mysteries of Titanic and the groundbreaking documentary Expedition: Bismarck for The Discovery Channel, as well as the 3D/HD IMAX films Aliens of the Deep & Ghosts of the Abyss for Walt Disney Pictures. Earthship was nominated for six Emmys with Chris and the team winning one for their production of Expedition: Bismarck.
Earthship Productions closed its doors in January of 2006 and Mr. Debiec went on to produce the next several years in the Non-Fiction genre with The Osborne’s famed Executive Producer, JT Taylor, on E! Entertainment’s House of Carters and MTV’s House of Jazmin.
In the spring of 2008, Chris wrote a feature screenplay entitled Jerzey Tranzit which won best unproduced screenplay at the Hoboken International Film Festival. Soon after that, Mr. Debiec sold Chill, a docudrama about the worlds top Ice Artist, to TRUTV and Road Mamas to Nickelodeon, which follows the comedic antics of 3 moms, 8 kids, and 1 RV on a ten city comedy stand-up road tour.
In 2010 Chris shifted gears, looking for a new challenge he was recruited as Vice President of Production at Entertainment One Television (eOne). He spearheaded the alternative programming division for all non-fiction show’s and pilots as well as the development of new projects for cable and network distributors such as Syfy, CW, WETV, BET, MTV, A&E, Discovery Channel, Oxygen and Fox Sports just to name a few. Chris was responsible for the successful development and execution of all pre-production, production, post production and master delivery of all eOne projects.
In 2017 Chris re-united with the Cameron family to create and executive produce a 2-hour documentary for NBC Sports and the United States Olympic Committee (right before the Winter Games) entitled - Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful. With rave reviews and multiple award nominations, Chris was invited to join the Cameron family again - this time as Chief Content Officer for a start-up Tech/Entertainment company called Human Health Organization owned by brothers John and James Cameron. Chris was tasked to create an award-winning studio focusing on the development, production and acquisition of content directly related to Science, Technology, Environment, Art, Space, Expedition, Exploration, Medical and Historical Events.
Currently, he’s CEO of Civilized Entertainment which is a Los Angeles based development and production company that creates and produces sophisticated, high-quality content across all visual media platforms. They are engaging, thought-provoking and eccentric. With character driven content, they are dedicated to telling difficult stories affecting a global audience — and comedic narratives that provoke intelligent conversations.