Paul Jackson was CEO, Eyeworks UK supervising their format and Entertainment business from 2009-2012. Until December 2008 he was ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy after working as Granada’s Chief Executive Officer in America until February 2006. Before that, Paul worked in Australia as Chief Executive Officer of Granada Productions and spent a period back in the UK as Director of International Production and Entertainment.
He went to Australia from the BBC where he held the role of Controller of Entertainment and Comedy, responsible for five output departments working in television, radio and online.
Paul Jackson was a key member of the original management team, which wrote Carlton’s successful application for the London weekday franchise. He then became Director of Programmes for the new licensee and was appointed Managing Director when the station went on-air in January 1993.
He has a distinguished record as a programme producer. His hits include the BBC’s cult sci-fi sit-com Red Dwarf, 3 Of A Kind (BAFTA & MONTREUX ROSE WINNER) and The Young Ones (BAFTA WINNER), He also co-produced an Oscar-winning success in 1988 with the comedy live action short The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which starred American comedian Steven Wright and Rowan Atkinson.
Whilst he was CEO of Granada America, the company achieved a run of successes in both broadcast and cable television, including Hell’s Kitchen on Fox and Hit Me Baby One More Time on NBC, both number one shows of the week in the 18-49 demos. Hell’s Kitchen is now in its eleventh series for the Fox network.
Paul achieved several notable successes in the Entertainment and Comedy fields during his time at ITV, most obviously Britain’s Got Talent the highest rated Entertainment show in British TV of the decade and the BAFTA nominated Benidorm which is ITV’s first successful returning comedy series for five years.
From 1994 to 1996 Jackson was Chairman of the Royal Television Society. He was Chairman of Comic Relief from its launch until 1999 and was also Chairman of its parent, Charity Projects.
In 2004 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his old University in Exeter. He was also a Visiting Professor in the School of English at Exeter. He broadcasts regularly on Radio Four, including his series In Conversation With, which ran for five years and he now fronts Britain In A Box, which has so far run for four series.
Since becoming a freelance television consultant in 2012, he has worked extensively in the UK, the USA, Australia, Israel, Korea and China as well as many European markets. His clients have included All3Media, Keshet Broadcasting, Videojug, CCTV, Shenzhen TV, Hunan TV, SMG, KOCCA, and ITV Studios USA.