Yann Debonne is an Emmy Award winning television editor and producer. Debonne is owner of Pure Creamery providing production services or creative content for the likes of CW, MTV, VH1, Lifetime, TLC, and TBS. He is also partnered with Emmy Award winning producer, Steven Lewis, focusing on the development and production of alternative programming.
Debonne began his television career as a live director, starting with newscasts including KCOP-TV (Independent Los Angeles) and KTTV-TV (Fox), before evolving into televised music concerts and variety shows, winning the coveted Golden Mike Award for best documentary news special. After live directing duties for multiple years, including covering the Los Angeles Marathon and over 500 hours of live television, Debonne rounded out his live direction career on the final Genesis World Tour. Two years circumnavigating the globe technical directing all concerts and live pay-per-view specials, worldwide.
Debonne’s career evolved into post-production, first with online editing promos for ABC and NBC. It wasn’t long before he was in charge of finishing countless broadcast network hit series for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and syndication. Later he expanded his creative pursuits into off-line editing that began with Disney feature movie trailers and evolved into unscripted network television programming. For over a decade Debonne cut every conceivable genre of alternative shows for broadcasters including CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, A&E, Lifetime, and The History Channel. Favoring non-fiction, he cut over 300 hours of documentaries for A&E and the History Channel. His last show credited as Editor, Debonne won a national Emmy Award for best editing of a documentary, Titanic: Death of a Dream. He was also nominated for the Cable Ace Award for best editing.
Enjoying the creative freedom of editing, Debonne’s career naturally morphed into producing as a way of expanding his creative reach. Producing, writing and directing for Mark Burnett’s (Survivor, The Voice) first hit television series, Eco Challenge, Debonne spent years producing, directing and writing documentaries for A&E, Discovery and the History Channel. Debonne quickly moved into content development, creating and developing over 100 hours of original programming, including Executive Producer Michael Davies’ first series, A&E’s Dreamchasers after his ABC hit, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. As an Executive Producer, Debonne’s show running skills eventually landed him at MTV with an overall development deal. Executive producing for both VH1 and MTV for a half-decade, he developed and produced over 200 hours of music-related shows including the last music-based program produced for the network, Score, which featured weekly song writing and live performance competitions, also directed by Debonne.
When Debonne isn’t producing television, spending time with his wife and children, he’s either mountain biking, welding or building custom homes.