VP, Development – DreamWorks Animation Television

TV Animation 101 – Developing for Kids 6-11 and Preschool - June 30 @ 2:30pm


Vanessa Taylor Sands is currently a Vice President of Television Development for DreamWorks Animation. Vanessa is charged with the creative development of a slate of television projects including originals and book based properties and properties based off of DreamWorks iconic movie franchises. Vanessa began her TV career at Nickelodeon Preschool Television in New York where she worked her way up from Assistant to Director over her 11 year tenure. During her time at the company, Vanessa worked on award-winning series such as Bubble Guppies, Fresh Beat Band, PAW Patrol, Dino Dan, and Wallykazam!. She was also the Senior Director of Development for Girls & Preschool Entertainment at Spin Master where she worked on Rusty Rivets and Abby Hatcher Monster Catcher. With a passion for creating compelling content for kids that has the power to educate and entertain both kids and caregivers, Vanessa strives to bring out the best in all series that she touches. She strives to find a way to make shows unique, exciting and engaging. Vanessa is also dedicated to finding and developing new talent. Vanessa received a B.A. from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She currently lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and 2 cats.