Vanessa Alexander

Vanessa Alexander is an award-winning writer, director and producer who shares her time between Australia and the UK. Vanessa has participated in writers’ rooms for Hulu, See-Saw, Gaumont, Kudos and is about to start work for Green Pavillion. She is currently developing a series of projects including two pilots for Artis Pictures/BBC Studios, an adaptation for Gaumont. She recently finished working as a Staff Writer on THE GREAT series 1 as well as writing an episode for TIN STAR series 3. Vanessa is also the Executive Producer of the 2019 Netflix Documentary Series about Tim Noonan and PJ Madam (EXTREME ENGAGEMENT).

Additional Information

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.

London (Greater London)



Emily Hickman
The Agency
+44 (0)20 7467 0125
pkandunias@theagency.co.uk

Television

TIN STAR 3 Gaumont/Kudos (2019)
1 x 60’ episode
Writer

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
Writer

LOVE CHILD Playmaker Media (2017)
2 x 60’ episode
Writer

AGENT ANNA Great Southern Television (2012)
6 x 30’ episodes
Producer Rachel Gardner
Winner of Best Comedy Script NZWG Awards 2013
Creator/Writer/Director

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)
3 series
9 x 30’ episodes
Director

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
(2001-2003)
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

Film

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