Alan’s latest project, Netflix Original movie The Most Hated Woman In America starring Melissa Leo, 2011 Academy Award winner, and directed by Tommy O’Haver, premiered on Netflix recently.
Alan has scored more than 50 films and TV shows, including Sex and the City and An American Crime, starring Ellen Page and for which Catherine Keener received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination. He is well known for his catchy, toe-tapping scores for the Real Housewives franchise, for which he has scored a total of 15 seasons. Other work includes material for HBO, ABC, MTV, Showtime, PBS and many more. Recently he scored the prestigious BBC Show “Natural World”, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Alan’s score for Otelo Burning was nominated for Best Soundtrack in the African Oscars. Previously, his score for Gangster’s Paradise/Jerusalema was rated one of the best scores of the year in Film Music magazine. A wildlife documentary he scored for National Geographic, Swamp of the Baboons, was nominated for the Best Nature Programming Emmy. Alan also scored Angels In Exile, a documentary narrated by Charlize Theron.
He founded the Lalela Music production music catalog, which has enjoyed millions of broadcast performances globally. In 2017, the catalog was sold to STX Entertainment. Alan is now Senior Director of Catalog Music at STX.
Alan’s score for Gangster’s Paradise/Jerusalema was rated one of the best scores of the year in Film Music magazine. A wildlife documentary he scored for National Geographic, Swamp of the Baboons, was nominated for the Best Nature Programming Emmy, and Alan won a lifetime Recognition Award at the Wawela Awards presented by performing rights society, SAMRO. Alan’s score for Otelo Burning was nominated for Best Soundtrack in the African Oscars.
He was born in South Africa, where he was keyboard player and producer in multi-platinum selling band Mango Groove. They performed at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, and toured extensively around the world. He also wrote African Dream, a Song of the Decade nominee. He travelled to the US as a Fulbright Scholar, and completed his MFA at USC Film School.
Roam was his first novel, published by Atria Books and translated into 8 languages, which was runner up for the Los Angeles Book Festival Best Fiction award.
Alan is a member of the Television Academy, BMI and the Production Music Association. He lives with his family in Calabasas, California.
Alan cooks a mean chili, loves Texas Hold Em poker, and giggles uncontrollably when he gets overly tired.
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