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Allan John McKeown
21 May 1946
|Died||24 December 2013
Allan McKeown (21 May 1946 – 24 December 2013), was a British television and stage producer.
McKeown was born in Ealing, London on 21 May 1946. His parents Edith Mabel (née Humphries) and Albert Victor McKeown moved first to Hackney and then to Hainault, Essex. His father was the Clerk of Works at the new estate. Educated at Beal Grammar school in Ilford, he left early and became a trainee hairdresser at Vidal Sassoon in Bond Street. He was a figure in the London scene of the 1960s, and in 1966 he opened his own salon. As a hairdresser, he worked on the TV show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and the films if.... (1968), Villain and Get Carter (both 1971).
In 1969, he changed course and became a producer at James Garrett and Partners, at the time the largest TV commercials producer in the UK. He was appointed Managing Director shortly after joining. He left to form a production company Witzend with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Initially making commercials, then the feature film Porridge (US: Doing Time, 1979). McKeown was the executive producer for Central Television's Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, with Clement and La Frenais as the show's main writers.
He was one of the first independent television producers in the UK. McKeown not only produced in Britain with his company, WitzEnd, but also produced in the US for all of the networks. In 1986, Witzend acquired Selectv, and in the process became a public company. The company grew as it added Alomo, a venture with writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran to its stable of production companies. In 1990, McKeown was a founding member of the Meridian consortium. The consortium was awarded the ITV television franchise for the South East of England.
McKeown was responsible for all of Meridian's comedy programming. In 1994 Selectv (the cable channel) was launched its programming, mainly programs produced by McKeown. In March 1996, McKeown accepted £51 million for SelecTV, now a broadcaster and a major supplier of television programs, from Pearson, then owner of the Financial Times. McKeown returned to the US producing the HBO comedy series, Tracey Takes On... for wife, Tracey Ullman. The series won six Emmy Awards. McKeown invested in the media launching web site itstv.com, an international distribution web site. The company was sold in March 2000. In 2007, McKeown launched Allan McKeown Presents, Ltd. The company produced the Indian comedy series, Mumbai Calling as well as Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (2008–10).
McKeown was involved in the West End production of Anyone For Denis? (Whitehall Theatre, 1981) via Witzend Productions, and the Broadway show, The Big Love in 1991, a one-woman show starring Ullman. He produced the highly successful Jerry Springer: The Opera, winning an Olivier Award for Best Musical. He also produced Lennon, a musical based on the life of John Lennon.
McKeown and Tracey Ullman married in 1983. They had two children and lived in both England and the United States. In 2006, McKeown and Ullman topped the "Wealthiest British Comedians" list, with an estimated net worth of £75 million.
|To Russia... With Elton||Documentary short; producer|
|1980–1981||The Other 'Arf||TV series; executive producer|
|1981–1983||Astronauts||TV series; executive producer|
|1982||Dead Ernest||TV series; executive producer|
|Shine on Harvey Moon||TV series; executive producer|
|P.O.S.H||TV short; executive producer|
|1983||Sunset Limousine||TV movie; producer|
|1983–1986||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||TV series; executive producer|
|1985||Mog||TV series; executive producer|
|Roll Over Beethoven||TV series; executive producer|
|1985–1986||Girls on Top||TV series; executive producer|
|1986–1994||Lovejoy||TV series; executive producer|
|1988||Jake's Journey||TV movie; producer|
|1989–1994||Birds of a Feather||TV series; executive producer|
|1990||Freddie and Max||TV series; executive producer|
|1991||So You Think You've Got Troubles||TV series; producer|
|1992||Love Hurts||TV series; executive producer|
|The Old Boy Network||TV series; executive producer|
|Stand by Your Man||TV series; executive producer|
|1993||Tracey Ullman: A Class Act||Executive producer|
|Full Stretch||TV series; executive producer|
|Westbeach||TV series; executive producer|
|Over the Rainbow||TV series; executive producer|
|Tracey Ullman Takes on New York||Executive producer|
|1993–1996||Goodnight Sweetheart||TV series; executive producer|
|1994||The New Statesman||TV series; executive producer|
|1994–1995||Men of the World||TV series; executive producer|
|1994–1996||Pie in the Sky||TV series; executive producer|
|1995||Sometime, Never||TV series; executive producer|
|An Independent Man||TV series; executive producer|
|1996–1999||Tracey Takes On...||TV series; creator; executive producer|
|2001–2002||Tracey Ullman's Visible Panty Lines||TV series; executive producer|
|2003||Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales||Executive producer|
|2005||Jerry Springer: The Opera||Executive producer|
|Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed||Executive producer|
|2007–2008||Mumbai Calling||TV series; writer; executive producer|
|2008–2010||Tracey Ullman's State of the Union||TV series; executive producer|
|1991||The Big Love|
|2005||Jerry Springer: The Opera|
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