Alan Poul has had a distinguished career as a director and producer of both features and television. He has received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, four GLAAD Awards and three Peabody Awards. His television producing and directing credits include HBO’s Westworld, The Newsroom and Six Feet Under, and CBS’ Swingtown. In 2003, Poul was nominated for a directing Emmy and a Directors Guild Award for the Six Feet Under episode, “Nobody Sleeps.” He has also directed episodes of HBO’s Rome and Big Love, Netflix’ Grace and Frankie, and the pilots for the TNT series Perception and the ABC series GCB.
His feature directing debut was 2011’s The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez. Feature producing credits include Fina Torres’ Woman on Top (2000), Skip Woods’Thursday (1998), Jean-Marc Vallée’s Los Locos (1997), Scott Winant’s ‘Til There was You (1997), Monique Gardenberg’s The Interview (Jenipapo) (1996), and the Clive Barker/Bernard Rose horror classic Candyman (1992).
Poul is currently preparing to produce and direct a continuation of Armistead Maupin’s beloved Tales of the City series for Netflix, which will reunite original stars Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. Working closely with Maupin, he produced the original three miniseries in the 1990’s, each of which was nominated for an Emmy Award.