Alan recently completed his third Netflix film, Princess Switch: Switched Again, starring Vanessa Hudgens and directed by Mike Rohl. This followed Holiday In The Wild, starring Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe, directed by Ernie Barbarash. Previously he scored The Most Hated Woman In America, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, directed by Tommy O’Haver.
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 won a lifetime Recognition Award at the Wawela Awards presented by performing rights society, SAMRO. He also received a Mark Awards nomination for Best Ambient Track for “Hammer Will Fall.” The Mark Awards are the highest award in the production music industry.
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, Recording Academy, BMI, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the Production Music Association. He lives with his husband, two daughters, and dog named Comet, 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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