Alan Poul has had a distinguished career as a director and producer of both features and television. Over the past twenty years, he has received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, four GLAAD Awards and three Peabody Awards. He was Executive Producer and Director on two landmark HBO series–The Newsroom and Six Feet Under–and on the controversial CBS series Swingtown. He has been nominated for an Emmy and a Directors Guild Award for his directing.
Poul made his feature-directing debut in 2010 with the romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin. Feature producing credits include Woman on Top, Candyman, Thursday, ‘Til There Was You, and Los Locos.
Poul’s close collaboration with author Armistead Maupin has yielded three miniseries based on Maupin’s celebrated Tales of the City books (Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City), each of which was nominated for an Emmy award. He also produced the classic series My So-Called Life, the Peabody Award-winning Rock the Vote Special (1992), and the Emmy-winning PBS documentary series The Pacific Century (1990).
Poul currently serves on the Board of Directors of Film Independent.