Alan Ford – media mogul that loves good people

Alan Ford is a media mogul, radio and TV personality, lover of the good people and the good life. He is also the Managing Director of Alan Ford Productions. 

Q & A with Alan Ford

Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows? 

 It’s a hard question to answer as I am an open book, but perhaps more recently, a lot of people don’t know I’m a recovering alcoholic. 
On a fun note – I went swimming in the Amazon with Pink Dolphins and I don’t eat meat or chicken. I’m Lebanese and have a massive family. 

Advice you would give to your 18-year-old self in one sentence: 

Come out of the closet now. You will still be loved and there are a lot of hot men your age. Another piece of advice is that you will love your body and be very proud of who you are one day! 

With FWA being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town? 

Food, glorious food! Cape Town has some of the best restaurants in the world. I obviously love the environment, mountains and sea – but oh the food is great (I would add wine but that is off the list). 

How did your career in the industry begin? 

I started producing and presenting for Talk radio 702 and Cape Talk with Gareth Cliff. It was a lucky break that I grabbed with both hands and never looked back. I was studying at the time to be an accountant. 

What is your biggest career highlight so far? 

So many TV shows and radio interviews, where do I start? All my work with Madiba, and all the international and local authors, actors, superstars, and game changers I have interviewed. Most recently I have been working on Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of Brave, highlighting bravery in the people of our nation. It has to be the most inspiring work I have done thus far. 

What projects are you currently working on? 

I have been involved with creating and executing an amazing, inspiring campaign called Adcock Ingram OTC Sponsors of BRAVE. It included activations on News24, ENCA, Kyknet (TV Show called Duidelik Dapper met Leah), SABC3 and many other platforms. It highlights the inspiring healthcare professionals, especially during these strange pandemic times and in particular showcases, the extraordinary work the pharmacist does in the community. I still have a presence on CliffCentral and love dabbling in radio, my first love. 

How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world? 

To be honest, I think right now, the world is coming to Africa. We have the most beautiful and diverse people on the planet, great storytellers whose stories need to be told, not only in their mother tongue but for the world to understand. We in Africa need to understand that it does not matter where you grow up or what your circumstances are, people are full of ideas. These ideas need to be nurtured to evolve into something great that people around the world want to see. 

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