Paul Jackson was until the end of last year Creative Director at Houghton Street Media, a Beijing based company which produces western style programming in Mandarin for Chinese audiences.
He joined HSM after a short period as CEO of Eyeworks UK where he also Executive Produced two series of the Sky factual series, Obese, A Year To Save My Life, and the Doctor Brown show for Channel 4. Until December 2008, he was ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy after supervising Granada production businesses first in Australia and then in America until February 2006. He went to Australia from the BBC where he held the role of Controller of Entertainment, responsible for five entertainment 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, Three Of A Kind (BAFTA & MONTREUX ROSE WINNER), The Young Ones (BAFTA WINNER) all for the BBC; Girls on Top for Central and Don’t Miss Wax and Saturday Live for Channel 4. 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. In more recent years he executive produced several hits shows in America including Hell’s Kitchen and Nanny 911 for Fox, Hit Me Baby for NBC and the Games Show Marathon for CBS, as well as the Emmy nominated Tele-movie The Ron Clark Story. Paul Jackson was the founding Chair of Comic Relief and also Chaired the Royal Television Society.
Paul is currently Executive Producer of the ITV hit comedy drama, Benidorm which will be shooting its tenth series in Spain in the spring of 2017. He has just returned from Beijing where he acted as Creative Consultant on China’s current number one Entertainment show Lost In Food.