Alan Poul is an American film and television producer and director, who is best-known for his work on the Golden Globe-award winning television drama "Six Feet Under. " In 1985, Poul earned his first film credits on director Paul Schrader's drama "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," on which Poul worked as an actor and associate producer. Two years later, Poul added second unit director to his résumé on another Schrader drama, "Light of Day." Through the '90s, he built his reputation as a producer on a number of soft-core videos as well as TV shows, including the iconic teen drama series "My So-Called Life." By 2001, Poul was executive producing new HBO series "Six Feet Under," created by acclaimed "American Beauty" screenwriter Alan Ball. Poul made his directorial debut on the series, and his work earned him numerous accolades, including Emmy and Directors Guild of America Award nominations. He went on to direct two other HBO dramas, "Rome" and "Big Love." In 2008, he executive produced and directed numerous episodes of the bicentennial-set drama, "Swingtown." In 2010, Poul took his skills to the big screen, directing the Jennifer Lopez vehicle "The Back-up Plan," a romantic comedy about having a baby before meeting Mr. Right.