Paul Jackson has a distinguished record as a program producer. His hits include the BBC's cult sci-fi sit-com Red Dwarf, 3 of a Kind, BAFTA and Montreux winner The Young Ones, BAFTA winner Girls on Top, Don't Miss Wax and Saturday Live. He also co-produced the Oscar®-winning success The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which starred comedian Steven Wright and Rowan Atkinson.
In 2003, Jackson took over as CEO of Granada America. During his tenure, the company has achieved a run of successes in both broadcast and cable television. Elsewhere in the company, Celebrity Fit Club has been the No. 1 show for VH1, as has American Princess for WE and both Airline and First 48 for A&E. Meanwhile, the long-running Room Raiders for MTV is approached its 200th episode.
From 1994 to 1996, Jackson was chairman of the Royal Television Society. He was chairman of Comic Relief from its launch until 1999 and was also chairman of its parent, Charity Projects. He is currently chairman of TimeBank, a major U.K. charity dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of volunteering within the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Royal Television Society. He is also on the boards of NATPE, FRAPA and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and sits on the executive committee of the United States Comedy Arts Festival.
In 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his former university in Exeter. He is also a visiting professor in the School of English at Exeter. He broadcasts regularly on Radio Four with his series In Conversation With, which has been running for five years, and he now fronts Britain in a Box, which is in its second series.