In His Own Words.

"As a Director, there's still a lot you can do than aside from setting up the shots - it's more like conducting an orchestra. 

There's maybe less latitude in what you can bring to the text as a Director, but there's a lot you can do to illuminate it, and make it sing in its' best version.

- Alan Poul, The Art of Television


As a director, producer and showrunner on HBO's acclaimed series' Six Feet Under and The Newsroom, Alan Paul helped bring two incredibly unique and engrossing worlds to life. He lead the two shows to a collective 10 Emmy Awards, and secured his reputation for crafting engrossing, honest stories.

"The response is thrilling to me, because it’s causing people to debate these expectations—how do we watch a drama?"

- Alan Poul, New York Magazine

"The show is shot in a rather unusual way.  We always work with multiple cameras.  In general, rather than having our directors come in and stage a scene the way it’s in their mind, we try to let the action evolve organically, and then our cameras’ job is to figure out how to capture it.

So, doing that with multiple cameras and zoom lenses on very long pieces of track or board, our camera operators are able to follow the action in a more organic way, rather than forcing the actors to step into the camera.  That gives you the sense of something that you’re overseeing, and it gives the show a lot of its sense of realism.

- Alan Poul, Collider


As a Consulting Producer, Alan helped mold the thrilling and inventive land of HBO's Westworld, which has gone on to earn 22 Emmy nominations.

"Elegantly made; gets under your skin."
 - The New Yorker

"Ambitious to the edge of a cliff, Westworld is an undeniably
exciting journey into the future cast through a filter of the past."

- Indiewire

"A grand saga of gunslingers and robots."
- The Atlantic

Director. Producer. Showrunner.


As a Director, Producer and Showrunner, Alan Poul has received an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Producers Guild Awards, four GLAAD Awards and three Peabody Awards.  Alan served as Showrunner and Director of HBO’s multi-award winning series Six Feet Under for the show’s entire five-season run garnering him a directing Emmy and Director’s Guild Award.  Alan was the Producer and a Director on Aaron Sorkin’s Golden Globe-nominated series The Newsroom.

He Executive Produced and Directed CBS’ provocative drama Swingtown, and he also directed multiple episodes of HBO’s Rome and Big Love. Poul made his feature-directing debut with the romantic comedy The Back-up Plan.
Prominent in Poul’s other TV work has been his close collaboration with author Armistead Maupin, resulting in three miniseries based on Maupin’s 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 beloved series My So-Called Life for ABC, the Peabody Award-winning Rock the Vote Special, and the Emmy-winning PBS documentary series The Pacific Century . His writings have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Variety, Film Comment, and Egg Magazine. Alan currently serves as a Consulting Producer for the acclaimed HBO series Westworld.