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Vanessa Alexander


Emily Hickman
Vanessa Alexander is an award-winning writer, director and producer who shares her time between Australia and the UK. She is a writer on season 1 and 2 of the Emmy nominated comedy series THE GREAT (Hulu) and the new Netflix/MGM Vikings spinoff, VALHALLA, due out in 2021. She has also written on the crime drama TIN STAR (Sky Atlantic), as well for the Australian dramas LOVE CHILD and THE WRONG GIRL, the latter garnering her an AWGIE nomination. Vanessa has worked extensively in drama and comedy writers’ rooms around the world, including for Matchbox (WANTED), See-Saw (THE END), Jungle, Gaumont and Kudos. She is currently has two pilots in development with Artis Pictures/BBC Studios and another with Slam Films, as well as working as an Executive Producer/writer on a comedy series in development with Gaumont.
In her previous life in New Zealand, Vanessa was the lead director of New Zealand’s most successful drama series (Outrageous Fortune), producer/director of the Emmy nominated  Being Eve, and the first female director of Disney’s Power Rangers series. She was also the Executive Producer of Taika Waitita’s Oscar Nominated short, Two Cars, One Night.


THE GREAT MRC/Hulu (2020)
Staff Writer

TIN STAR Sky Atlantic (2020)
1 x 60′ episode – to be released

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

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

THE WRONG GIRL Series 1 & 2 Playmaker Media (2016-7)
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)
3 series
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
N.Y. FESTIVAL – Winner of Certificate for BEST DIRECTION 2006

OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE South Pacific Pictures & TV 3 (2005)
2 x 60’ episodes
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 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)
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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