Alan Yentob is the Creative Director for the BBC. His role is to ensure that the Creative Future recommendations are implemented across all content and services. He has responsibility for a significant film division and chairs the board of BBC Films. He is also the focal point for talent management across the whole of the BBC.
Alan is the Chair of the Creative Training Board, the Creative Network and the new Arts Network which will pull together arts programme-makers from across the BBC. In Spring 2003 Alan presented and wrote the landmark documentary on Leonardo Da Vinci and became host of BBC One's successful and acclaimed arts strand, Imagine.
A celebrated and award-winning programme maker, Alan quickly came to personify the creative spirit of the BBC. He joined as a general trainee in 1968, taking his first job in the World Service. From 1973 to 1975 he was a producer/director with Omnibus, where his films famously included Cracked Actor with David Bowie.
In 1978 he created the mould-breaking arts series Arena, and was Editor until 1985. During this time Arena produced influential programmes including The Private Life Of The Ford Cortina and My Way. In 1985 he became Head of Music and Arts and stayed in the post until 1988 when he was appointed Controller of BBC Two.