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

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, she directed MTV's The Real World for one year and later moved to Los Angeles.[7] She was an episode writer for the 2002 television series Push, Nevada before it got cancelled. She met Meredith Stiehm, the creator of the CBS police drama Cold Case, who hired her as a writer. Three years later, she became the show’s executive producer.[7]

Her credits on The Killing also include writer and executive producer. The series earned her an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild of America award nomination.[9][10] In February 2012, Paramount Pictures announced that Sud is writing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion.[11]

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

Personal life

Sud has one son.[3]


  • 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

The Killing


  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. ^ a b 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". Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ 'The Killing' Showrunner to Write Remake of Hitchcock's 'Suspicion' for Paramount , The Hollywood Reporter, February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.

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