Acclaimed and Emmy(r) Award-winning director Allan Arkush serves as an executive producer on new drama series Hellcats.
Arkush was also the executive producer and director of Heroes, the Emmy(r) Award-nominated epic saga that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. In addition, he served as executive producer of the popular series Crossing Jordan, which recently concluded its sixth and final season. Other television production credits include Shannon's Deal, Central Park West, Moon Over Miami and Parenthood.
Arkush has extensive experience as a director. He began directing episodic television in 1984 with the popular series Fame. In addition to directing the pilot and several episodes of Crossing Jordan, he has directed episodes of L.A. Law, St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, I'll Fly Away, Dawson's Creek, The Practice and Ally McBeal.
Arkush won an Emmy(r) Award and received a Director's Guild of America Award nomination for directing the television movie The Temptations. He also received Emmy(r) nominations for his work on Ally McBeal, including the infamous dancing baby episode, and Moonlighting.
Arkush began his career in the entertainment industry by working with famed film producer Roger Corman in the mid-1970s. He directed cult favorites such as Hollywood Boulevard and the Ramones' rock-music classic Rock n' Roll High School, which Rolling Stone magazine named one of the Top 10 Rock n' Roll DVDs of all time.
Although Arkush has an extensive career in television, his true love is music. He has directed music videos for such notable artists as Elvis Costello, Bette Midler with Mick Jagger, and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. In addition, Arkush directed rock-music television movies such as Elvis Meets Nixon; Shake, Rattle and Rock!; XXX's & OOO's and Young at Heart, in which Frank Sinatra appeared, making Arkush the only director to have directed both the legendary Sinatra and the Ramones.
Arkush's first job in music was at the Fillmore East club in New York, where he handled the psychedelic lighting for such legendary bands as the Who and the Grateful Dead.
Arkush resides in Los Angeles.