Vanessa Alexander is an award-winning writer, director and producer who shares her time between Australia and the UK. She is best known for her work on The Great (Hulu/Stan) and Vikings: Valhalla (Netflix). She was recently nominated for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series at the Writers Guild of America Awards and was made a Co-Executive Producer of season 2 of Vikings: Valhalla. Her work in the UK includes also includes writing scripts for Tin Star and Executive Producing a documentary series for Netflix. With a great love of poorly-behaved but endearing female protagonists and broad knowledge of history and science, Vanessa loves the collaborative process of writing across many genres.
n 2018, Vanessa was nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award for her work on the comedy/drama series The Wrong Girl. She also wrote on the Australian drama for Love Child. Prior to this, Vanessa worked extensively in New Zealand where she also won many awards, including one for comedy writing. She was the lead director of the acclaimed series Outrageous Fortune, the Executive Producer of Taika Waititi’s Oscar-nominated short, Two Cars, One Nightand her teen show Being Eve received an International Emmy nomination.
Vanessa has studied extensively, including most recently with Joan Sheckel (Transparent), attending her intensive series drama course in LA, and previously with renowned theatre director and comedy expert Philippe Gaulier in Paris and as a trainee director for Steven Bochco on Murder One and NYPD Blue in LA.
Vanessa is a former Board Member of the NZ Film Commission, former Chair of Script-to- Screen (the NZ Writers Foundation) and for several years was the Director of Screen Production at University of Auckland. She has also lectured at universities in Sydney and Paris.
She has a BA in English Literature, Graduate Diploma in Directing, a Masters in Film, Television and Media Studies, has recently written a PhD on Television Romantic Comedy narratives and somehow also managed to acquire 5 kids, and a foster son. This and her wider family of mathematicians, politicians, doctors and cocaine smugglers have helped to ensure she is rarely stuck for story in a writers’ room.
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VIKINGS: VALHALLA MGM Television (2021)
2 x 60' episodes
THE GREAT Hulu (2020)
9 x 60’ episodes
TIN STAR 3 Gaumont/Kudos (2019)
1 x 60’ episode
THE GREAT Hulu (2017)
8 x 30’ episodes
Staff Writer - 6 Week Story Room
THE WRONG GIRL Series 1 & 2 Playmaker Media (2016-7)
2 x 60’ episode
Writer Nominated of Best Television Drama Script Australian Writer Awards 2018
SECRET DAUGHTER 2 Screentime (2017)
1 x 60’ episode
LOVE CHILD Playmaker Media (2017)
2 x 60’ episode
AGENT ANNA Great Southern Television (2012)
6 x 30’ episodes
Producer Rachel Gardner Winner of Best Comedy Script NZWG Awards 2013
THIS IS NOT MY LIFE GRST, Desert Rd, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment & TVNZ (2010)
13 x 60’ episodes
Script Producer/Storyliner with Gavin Strawhan and Rachel Lang
POWER RANGERS Disney Studios (2007-9)
9 x 30’ episodes
BURYING BRIAN Eyeworks & TVNZ & NZOA (2008)
TV Drama – 6 x 1 hour series
Storyliner with Gavin Strawhan and Maxine Fleming
THE PRETENDER Great Southern Television (2006)
Producer Rachel Gardner
Script Producer – 6 x 30’ episodes
Writer – 2 x 30’ episodes
MADDIGAN’S QUEST BBC Television, South Pacific Pictures &TV3 (2005)
2 x 30’ episodes
Director N.Y. FESTIVAL – Winner of Certificate for BEST DIRECTION 2006
OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE South Pacific Pictures & TV 3 (2005)
2 x 60’ episodes
Director Nominated for Qantas Media Award for Best Director 2006 Nominated for New Zealand Screen Awards Best Director 2005
BEING EVE Series 1 & 2 Nickelodeon, South Pacific Pictures & TV 3
26 x 30’ episodes
Producer/ Director/Story Producer Winner of New Zealand Screen Award for BEST OVERALL SERIES 2003 N Y Festival – Winner of Gold Medal YOUTH PROGRAMMES 2003 N Y Festival – Winner of Silver Medal YOUTH PROGRAMMES 2004 Winner of GRAND PRIX at Danube Television Festival 2004 Winner of TELLY AWARD for CHILDREN’S SERIES 2004 Winner of New Zealand Screen Award for BEST CHILDREN’S SERIES 2005 Nominated for International Emmy Award for YOUTH PROGRAMMES 2003
MAGIK AND ROSE Kahukura Productions, NZFC and Essential Films Distribution (2001)
Writer/Director Winner of Jury Prize Oporto Film Festival Winner of Spada New Filmmaker of The Year Nominated for New Zealand Screen Awards – Best Writer 2001 Nominated for New Zealand Screen Awards – Best Director 2001
Comedy, Film, Television
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