Alan began his career hosting his own radio show for 2 years at North Staffordshire Hospital before becoming a runner and production assistant on various TV shows such as Granada Reports (ITV1), Brookside (C4), Nice Guy Eddie (BBC1), Shine on (C4) Dead Drunk (BBC Education) and 90 minute documentary The Real John Lennon (C4). Prior to this he completed a BA Hon’s Media Production degree at Staffordshire University.
He was independently commissioned with a colleague to produce 3 x 3’ films for The History Channel series ‘A Small Piece Of History’ telling the stories of US heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers fight with Muhammad Ali, the mission of Apollo 7 through the eyes of astronaut Walt Cunningham and the story of Millvina Dean, last survivor of Titanic. The films received 16 broadcasts in the UK and across Europe.
His first acquisition success came when pantomime documentary film ‘Just For Kids?’, was acquired and subsequently re-acquired by Community Channel and seen over 100 times during a 5 year period 2004-2008. The programme produced and directed by Alan was shot in 5 days at 5 pantomime locations and featured interviews with Frazer Hines, Bob Carolgees and Ian Smith (Harold Bishop in TV’s Neighbours).Alan worked well with many panto producers and also featured some in the final film.
On other independent productions he interviewed: Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Patrick Moore, Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, John Lennon’s Quarrymen, Albert Einstein’s granddaughter Evelyn Einstein, Dr Gordon Mitchell (son of the Spitfire designer) and Professor Stephen Hawking.
Alan was production manager at Craig Phillips company Avent Productions between 2005 and 2011 during which time he worked on broadcast TV series for Discovery Realtime and British Forces Broadcasting Services. He production managed and secured corporate commissions with clients including Jamie Carragher’s Cafe Sports England, Hodgkinsons International Bricklayers, Flexel International, British Lung Foundation and Tesco.
In 2010 Alan had his first series format commissioned by UKTV Home, ‘Celebrity DIY with Craig Phillips’ a 10 x 30′ series produced by Diesel Films in association with Craig Phillips. Alan was associate producer on the series which saw a second 5 x 30’ series run commissioned in 2011. The series combined DIY with biography with intimate access to the houses and lives of ; Frankie Dettori MBE, Samantha Fox, Russell Grant, Dean Gaffney, Christine and Neil Hamilton, Vic Reeves & Nancy Sorrell, Chesney Hawkes & dad Chip Hawkes of The Tremeloes, Rowland Rivron, Uri Geller, Cheryl Baker, Dane Bowers, Helen Lederer, Lembit Opek, Deena Payne & Linda Robson. Alan worked closely with many of the guests and their representatives to secure exclusive intimate interviews and access into their homes.
Highlights in this time included; working with design teams to oversee a new logo branding, and official website development, securing the then Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair to officially open Craig’s building school, assisting on a building school sponsorship deal, securing successful long term endorsements with major DIY and power tool brands, key contributions to the writing of chapters and conceiving the title for a 2009 autobiography, working with a ghost writer and publishing team at Transworld. Securing appearances on numerous TV shows; Ant N Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Celebrity Shock Moments, Daily Cooks Challenge, Loose Women, GMTV, Eggheads and more. Between 2009-2011 Alan secured TV guest spots, radio & media coverage for TV and film star Ricky Tomlinson, 5 time Olympic skier and broadcaster Graham Bell and several Big Brother winners.Alan Hamilton successfully managed TV personality Craig Phillips exclusively for 6 years 2006-201 and was his PA & PR officer 2005-2011.During this time Alan raised and maintained Craig’s profile significantly handling several major endorsements, television and live appearances.
In 2012 building on his wide and varied experience to date, Alan also launched Hamilton Management www.hamiltonmanagement.co.uk which represents an elite range of established sports personalities and TV experts. TV clients include BBC antiques expert David Harper. Sports clients include Rhona Martin MBE, Sarah Stevenson MBE, Alec Stewart OBE and Team GB Sochi 2014 silver medallist curler David Murdoch and his team.