Having made history as one of the five vee-jays that introduced MTV to television viewers on August 1, 1981, Alan Hunter became part of American pop culture during his six years with the cutting edge music video channel. Hunter helped make MTV the center of not only the music world, but the entertainment world as a whole, with his interviews of artists and celebrities as eclectic as Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Tom Cruise, Madonna, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Kenny Loggins, Bon Jovi, U2, Milton Berle, Gene Simmons, Hugh Hefner, Hall & Oates, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Robin Williams, to name a few, and working trips from Jamaica to Russia and everywhere in between. Today he can be seen on I Love the 80’s, VH-1’s most popular program.
He is also the radio voice for Verizon Wireless and has recently signed on with the Sirius Satellite Radio Network as one of the hosts for the 80’s stream along with Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood, two of his former MTV associates.
Hunter, along with his brother Hugh, formed Hunter Films and co-produced a pilot for the Sundance Channel entitled The Shorts Show, hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Laura Dern. In March 2003 the company received an Academy Award nomination for a short film they co-produced entitled Johnny Flynton, the only American film in competition.
Hunter Films recently executive produced the feature film Dreamland starring John Corbett, Gina Gershon, and Justin Long and is presently looking for theatrical distribution.
Hunter is also the co-founder and president of the board of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, recently named by Movie Maker Magazine as the “Best Kept Secret” among independent film festivals in the U.S.