Gleason has produced, directed and taught film and video production for the last thirty-three years, the last thirteen at Cleveland Charter High School. He has been Head of Production for all of the Teen International Media Exchange projects, as well as the International Youth Media Summit. Students from his classes have won hundreds of awards over the years, including two student Emmys and the United Nations Global Issue Award. Projects have screened in the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Student Film Festival and the Reel Rasquache Film Festival.
Gleason co-founded and served as Creative Director for Next Generation Productions. It was his work with students in his video classes at Pacoima Middle School which inspired the idea for a teen-produced feature film. With Ms. Seubert he served as Executive Producer of Common Bonds, produced entirely by a teen crew, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. For his various video productions, he has won four American Film Institute "Visions of USA" awards, First Place in the National Lucas Films/MGM "Make Your Dreams Come True" contest and First Place in the National Educational Film and Video Festival.