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Vanessa Alexander

Agent

Emily Hickman

Vanessa Alexander is an award-winning writer, director and producer. She has just moved to the UK, having worked extensively in New Zealand and Australia, where she has participated in writers’ rooms for Matchbox, Endomol, Fremantle, See-Saw, Porchlight, and Jungle. She is currently developing a series of projects including a drama series for See-Saw UK, a historical feature for Tim White, and a comedy series with Skitbox for Screen NSW. She is also the Executive Producer of a new Netflix Documentary Series currently in pre-production with Tim Noonan and PJ Madam.

Television

SECRET DAUGHTER 2 Screentime (2017)
1 x 60’ episode
Writer

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

THE WRONG GIRL Series 1 & 2 Playmaker Media (2016-7)
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

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 has been a Board Member of the NZ Film Commission, and Chair of Script-to- Screen (the NZ Writers Foundation) and the Director of Screen Production at University of Auckland. She has also lectured in Sydney and Paris.

She has a BA in English Literature, Graduate Diploma in Directing, a Masters in Film, Television and Media Studies, 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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