The career of Paul Jackson, from joining the BBC as a runner in 1971 to exiting one of the top roles at ITV in 2008 and joining Eyeworks in 2009.
  • 1971 Joins the BBC as a runner, leaving 11 years later as a senior producer.

  • 1982 Goes freelance and works on Cannon and Ball, Saturday Live, The Entertainers, The Young Ones and Girls on Top.

  • 1986 Paul Jackson Productions is bought by Noel Gay Television, where Jackson works on Red Dwarf and Bottom.

  • 1991 Joins Carlton as director of programmes.

  • 1995 Appointed managing director of Carlton the night the channel goes live.

  • 1996 Returns to the BBC as head of entertainment to oversee a reduced raft of new television programmes. He was soon promoted to controller of entertainment responsible for TV, radio and online output, commissioning In Conversation with...

  • 1999 Leaves the BBC because he was unhappy with restructuring moves.

  • 2000 Moves to Australia as managing director of Granada Media Australia.

  • 2002 Returns to the UK to become Granada's director of international formats and entertainment. During this period, Cilla Black suddenly quit Blind Date.

  • 2003 Appointed president of Granada Entertainment USA.

  • 2004 Becomes chief executive of Granada America overseeing US reality shows Hell's Kitchen and Nanny 911.

  • 2006 Joins ITV in London as director of entertainment and comedy. At the time, ITV's director of television Nigel Pickard had remarked “the biggest joke about ITV's comedy is that there isn't any.”

  • 2008 Quits ITV to return to production.

  • 2009 Joins Eyeworks UK as chief executive officer.