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Alan Poul – Industry Guest Speaker (virtual)
Industry Guest Speaker | Showrunner
Alan Poul is a veteran producer and director of both film and television. Among the series on which he has served as Executive Producer and Director are “Six Feet Under,” “The Newsroom,” “Tales of the City,” “Swingtown,” and “The Eddy.” Over the course of his career he has received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, three Peabody Awards, and five GLAAD Awards. Other television producing credits include “My So-Called Life” “MotherFatherSon”, “The Pacific Century” (Emmy Award), and “Westworld” (Season 1). Additional television directing credits include “Rome,” “Big Love,” “Grace and Frankie,” “The Big C,” and the pilots for “GCB” and “Perception.” In 2003 he was nominated for both the DGA Award and the Directing Emmy for the “Nobody Sleeps” episode of “Six Feet Under.” This year he shared the Best Directing award from the French Association of Television Critics for “The Eddy.Poul graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Japanese Language and Literature, which led to his involvement in “Mishima” and “Black Rain.” He is currently revisiting his Japanese roots as Executive Producer of HBO Max’s “Tokyo Vice.”He serves on the Boards of Directors of Film Independent and Playwrights Horizons, and on the International Outreach Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Previous board service includes The Producers Guild of America (PGA), Outfest, and GLAAD.