Bachelor in Cinema, University Southern California, 1947. Postgraduate, Southern Methodist University, 1974.
Theatre manager, Malco Theatres, Memphis, 1940-1941;
production assistant, Southern Film Svc. U. Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1947-1948;
sales executive, Columbia Pictures, Atlanta, 1948-1950;
sales executive, Warner Brothers, Atlanta, 1950-1954;
Memphis manager, Atlanta manager, eastern sales manager, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York, 1954-1964;
division manager, Columbia Broadcasting System, Dallas, 1964-1971;
vice president, Viacom International, Dallas, 1971-1986;
principal, James H. McCormick Broadcast Counselor, Dallas, 1986-1989;
board directors, Texas Enfield, Inc., Victoria, 1989-1991. National vice president Colosseum Motion Picture Salesmen, 1953-1954.
Member founding group which established Viacom as world leader in communications and entertainment, 1971-1986. Board member Association Broadcasting Executives Texas, 1967.
Charter member Cowboy Hall of Fame, Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, since 1965. Member Dallas Museum Art, since 1967. Member Texas State History Association Sergeant United States Army, 1942-1945.
Member Academy television Arts and Sciences, International Radio and television Society, National Association television Program Executives (charter), Texas Association Broadcasters, television Program Conference (board directors 1968-1969), Cinema Circulus, Broadcast Pioneers, Northwood Club, Kiwanis International, Alpha Delta Sigma, Delta Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha.
Married Myra Sage, May 20, 1945. Children: James Hillman III, Carol.