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Alan Mark Poul

(1954-05-01) May 1, 1954 (age 68) [1]
Alma mater Yale University [2]
OccupationDirector, producer
Spouse(s)Ari Karpel (m. 2017)

Alan Mark Poul (born May 1, 1954) is an American film and television producer and director.



Poul served as executive producer for the HBO original series, Six Feet Under , on which he made his directing debut. He directed four episodes of the series from seasons two through five. [3]

He later directed the pilot for CBS' series Swingtown , of which he directed a total of four episodes. He also directed the 2010 CBS Films romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan , originally titled Plan B. [4]

He signed a new deal with HBO in April 2011. He was an executive producer of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom . [5] He also directed five episodes of the show in the first two seasons.

Poul was an executive producer on Tokyo Vice and directed its final episode, Yoshino. [6] He is fluent in Japanese. [6]

Poul has been nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys, a Directors Guild of America award, and won a News & Documentary Emmy Award in Outstanding Historical Program for The Pacific Century. [7]




Television director


"Vagabond Stars" 1978 (lyricist) Pre-Broadway: Berkshire Theatre Festival. Starring: Lewis Stadlen, Marilyn Sokol, Robert M. Rosen aka Robert Ozn, Paul Kreppel

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  2. "Association of Yale Alumni lists Poul 76 as Gold Host". Archived from the original on April 10, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  3. Buchanan, Kyle (December 18, 2007). "The gigolo grows up". The Advocate . Retrieved April 2, 2008.
  4. Siegel, Tatiana (February 2, 2009). "Alan Poul picks 'Plan B'". Variety.{}
  5. "Alan Poul Inks Overall Deal with HBO, Joins Aaron Sorkin's Cable News Pilot as EP". April 11, 2011.
  6. 1 2 Rafael Motamayor. Every Language Everywhere All at Once Audiences love foreign TV and film. So do streamers. There’s just one little challenge, The Vulture, May 31, 2022
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