Alan M. Blassberg got his start in New York in 1995 as a shooter working on the A&E series, Biography and Investigative Reports. Under the direction of Emmy winning producer Steve Rosenbaum. He also shot and produced for Broadcast New York, a weekly news magazine that focused on hot topic issues, including gay adoption, the death penalty, emergency room meltdowns and police officer suicides.
In 1999, Blassberg relocated from Connecticut to Los Angeles to explore and produce non- fiction programming, beginning with Temptation Island. The show hit number one with millions of people tuning in each week. While he enjoyed the experience, sobering circumstances, specifically losing two crew members when a category four hurricane ripped through their location in Central America, affected his perspective on the genre.
He launched his own Los Angeles based production company First Prize Productions in August of 2004. Presenting life altering narratives was a natural step in Blassbergs career.
He produced and directed the Emmy nominated series, Deadliest Season: Alaskan Crab Fishing in the Bering Sea, it was the highest rated show on the Discovery Channel and initiated 15 seasons of the Deadliest Catch. It also took first place for Best Documentary in the IFF Water, Sea, and Ocean film festival in Prague.
Other shows the company has been involved with producing, include, Police Women of Broward and Maricopa Counties, Who Wants To Be a Superhero with the late Stan Lee, Wedding Day, a wish fulfillment series with DreamWorks and Mark Burnett, Meet My Folks for NBC, and Breakthrough with Tony Robbins that featured the renown self-help guru.
Alan M. Blassbergs work has been honored for both his entertainment and social contributions. The Jewish Daily Forward named him to their Forward 50 list which honors those men and women who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story in a Jewish way. Others on the same list included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Scarlett Johansson, and Maggie Gyllenhall.
The FORCE Organization honored him with The Spirit of Empowerment Award in Florida which recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations that help us educate and support the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. Weber Shandwick asked the director to speak at the Cannes Lions International Festival of creativity last summer. Laura Schoen - President of Global Health for Weber Shandwick, moderated a discussion about gender bias in healthcare between Blassberg and Ed Lang-Senior Director and founding sponsor of The Lung Cancer Project- Genentech, Inc.
Other notables who spoke at this prestigious festival included Ban ki-Moon, Anderson Cooper, Spike Jonze, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Blassberg lives in Ventura County with his fiancé, Stephanie Swartz and their four rescue dogs.
He is a current member of the Producers Guild of America and the IDA.