Veena Sud

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Veena Sud
Born Veena Cabreros-Sud
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Barnard College
New York University
Occupation Television writer, director, producer
Children 1

Veena Cabreros-Sud (pronounced "Sood")[1] is a Canadian-born American television writer, director, and producer. She is best known for developing the American television drama The Killing, which is based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen (The Crime).

Early life and education[edit]

Sud was born in Toronto[2] to Mohendra Sud, a physician born in India.[1]

She grew up in Indian Hill, Ohio,[1] a suburb near Cincinnati, Ohio.[3][4] She is of Filipino and Indian heritage.[5] Sud graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School in 1985[1] and attended Barnard College, where she studied political science and women's studies[6][7] and served as university senator.[8]

After graduating from Barnard in 1989, she spent several years working as a journalist at Pacifica Radio and at the media-watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.[7] When she was 28, she enrolled at New York University's film school and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Film and Television program at NYU.[7]


After graduation, Sud directed MTV's The Real World before moving to Los Angeles, where she was hired as an episode writer for the short-lived 2002 television series Push, Nevada.[7] Shortly afterwards, Sud was hired as a writer for the CBS police drama Cold Case. After three seasons, she was promoted to executive producer, a role she served for the show's fourth and fifth seasons.[7]

Sud went on to develop The Killing, a crime drama based on a popular Danish series. The series earned her an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild of America award nomination.[9][10]

Sud's latest project is Seven Seconds, a Netflix crime drama inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sud was formerly the marketing and distribution director for Third World Newsreel, which specializes in films by and about people of color.[5]


  • The Lie (2018) (writer, director)
  • Seven Seconds (2018) (writer, executive producer)
  • The Salton Sea (2016 film) (writer, director, producer)
  • The Killing (2011–2014) (writer, executive producer)
  • Cold Case (2003–2008) (writer, story editor, executive producer)
  • Push, Nevada (2002) (episode writer)
  • Sorority Life (2002) (season three director)
  • The Real World (2001) (episode director)
  • I Stop Writing The Poem (2000) (director)
  • One Night (2000) (director)
  • The Appointment (1999) (sound mixer)
  • Stretchmark (1996) (writer, director, actress)


One Night[edit]

The Killing[edit]

Seven Seconds[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Kiesewetter, John (May 21, 2014). "TV producer Veena Sud returns to Country Day for speech". Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Killing – Details from Showrunner Veena Sud ,, February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Lederman, Marsha (June 15, 2011). "Why The Killing's Veena Sud is drawn to darkness". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (March 14, 2012). "Can 'The Killing' Make a Comeback?". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Veena Cabreros-Sud,, February 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Appelo, Tim (October 12, 2011). "Top 50 Power Showrunners 2011". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Altmann, Jennifer (December 14, 2012). "The Salon: Creator of TV Dramas Delves into the Dark Side". Barnard College. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ Michelson, Melissa (October 13, 1987). "Barnard SGA sends note of disapproval to school". Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b 2012 Emmy Awards,, February 16, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "2012 Writers Guild Awards Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 

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