Alan began his television career at the BBC, where he quickly became a producer/director in Entertainment. Amongst the many shows he produced were Generation Game, Blankety Blank and The Mike Yarwood Show. He moved to London Weekend Television (LWT) in 1980, as Controller of Entertainment. While at LWT, Alan directed and/or produced many top live entertainment spectaculars including The Royal Variety Performance. He also devised and/or produced over 15 different formats that became some of Britain’s best known entertainment programmes, including Game For A Laugh, Surprise Surprise and Blind Date.
In 1987 Alan became Director of Programmes at TVS Television, heading up a major commercial ITV channel in the South of England, responsible for the schedule and all local output and Network commissions, with approximately 1,000 hours of programming per year. He was also one of ITV’s network schedulers and was the Network Executive in charge of three live 24-hour Telethons.
He joined Reg Grundy Productions in 1992 and two years later became Chief Executive of the UK, where he was responsible for well known UK programmes such as How Do They Do That?, Small Talk and Going For Gold.
In 1997 Alan was appointed Chief Executive Pearson Television UK Productions, with overall responsibility for all production output, including Drama, Entertainment, Situation Comedy and Features for Alomo/Witzend, Grundy, Thames and Fremantle. Producing over 1,500 programmes per year for UK broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, plus cable and satellite.
As CEO of Thames Television, Alan played the integral role in the initial development of Pop Idol and oversaw its first production in the UK and assisted on the rollout to the USA as American Idol.
In 2002 Alan became President of Worldwide Entertainment, FremantleMedia Production with overall responsibility for leading FremantleMedia’s drive to create, acquire and produce entertainment programmes with international potential. In this role he oversaw the roll out of Pop Idol and X-Factor in the UK and all entertainment output in other territories around the world.
In 2006, he created Alan Boyd Productions as a company to independently advise producers and broadcasters on Entertainment Production. He has implemented a senior training initiative to give new producers a broad based knowledge of all the inherent skills needed in the production of entertainment programmes.
Alan Boyd is an Advisory Board Member and Guest Speaker of the Entertainment Master Class.