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 Netflix’s The Eddy and Tales of the City, BBC’s MotherFatherSon, HBO’s Westworld, The Newsroom and Six Feet Under, CBS’ Swingtown, and ABC’s iconic teen drama series My So-Called Life. In 2003, Poul was nominated for both 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.
Prominent in Poul’s TV work has been his close collaboration with author Armistead Maupin. Poul produced and directed the 2019 continuation of Maupin’s beloved Tales of the City series for Netflix, but he also produced the original three installments (Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City) in the 1990’s, each of which was nominated for an Emmy Award.
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 Bernard Rose/Clive Barker horror classic Candyman (1992).
Poul’s company Boku Films, is based at Endeavor Content. He is currently executive producing the upcoming HBO Max series Tokyo Vice, which reunites him with Japan, where he began his film career as associate producer on Ridley Scott’s Black Rain and Paul Schrader’s Mishima.