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Bio

      Brandy Alexander's passion for design is evident in each unique look she has created. Her talents to convey the personality of a character's environment and to plan interesting, layered spaces have allowed directors and actors to shine. In broad strokes of impressions and feelings, as well as with an attention to the subtle details, Brandy has become known for her bold use of color and texture in each set.
 
      Brandy joined the Art Directors Guild after working in Mexico City for over eight months as the American Art Director on "Remo Williams, The Adventure Begins" in the late 1980's. She developed her hands-on approach to design while working in feature films, such as "Milagro Beanfield War" for director Robert Redford, "Red Dawn" for director John Milius, and "The Idolmaker" for director Taylor Hackford.

      Brandy Alexander established herself as a prominent Television Production Designer early in her career, setting the look to such high-quality television series as "thirtysomething", "Sisters", and "Party of Five".  She was twice nominated for an EMMY  - for "Best Art Direction for a Series"  for her work on "thirtysomething", and then collaborated with the same producers again to design the time-less series, "My So-Called Life". During these years, Brandy enjoyed working with such EMMY and ACADEMY Award-winning directors, producers and writers as Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Winant, Winnie Holzman, Ken Olin, Paul Haggis and Steven Bochco.

      With minimal set construction, she has created the style and distinct look, by modifying the carefully chosen locations, for many pilots that have  become successful series, such as "Jericho" with director Jon Turtletaub, and "Providence" with director Michael Fresco.

      In the late 90's,  Brandy began to production design many sit-com multiple-camera shows, "more theatrical" sets with tight studio space and smaller budgets, but she enjoyed the energy of shooting in front of a live audience.   She designed numerous situation comedies for DREAMWORKS, and with the award-winning team of Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari, including their collaboration with Alan Ball entitled "Oh, Grow Up". Several years later, Bob Greenblatt became the President of SHOWTIME, where Brandy worked for him again designing the sets for the hit series "DEXTER".
 
My So-called Life Drawing

      Brandy prides herself on a talent for designing each show with the knowledge of the needs of production. While growing up in New York, she observed her father directing television at the NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center. During her college years at UCLA studying Painting, Theater and Interior Design, & Environmental Art, Brandy began to work as an extra in the Screen Extras Guild every summer. Upon graduation, she went to work as a set designer - learning the ropes while drafting for seven years at many major studio lots. Brandy was fortunate to be trained under the "UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ART DEPT. SYSTEM", working in a large Drafting Room with 20 to 30 Set Designers where she learned from many different Art Directors; and in October of 1978, she joined the Set Designers Branch of IATSE - UNION Local 847. She traveled to many distant locations, including New York, Vermont, New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Mexico, and Canada for weeks, or even months as needed for features, gaining more experience.

      While production designing for over 20 years, she has become more versatile in her approach, helping to solve schedule problems and financial issues, always delivering sets on time and on budget - without compromising the "look".

      Many producers during these same years employed Brandy to design their private residences, office spaces, and corporate party events. Brandy's interior design business started and continues to grow today, as she recently served on the Beverly Hills DESIGN REVIEW COMMISSION for two years. Her appointment to this five-person board of experts was to review the design of all single-family homes with respect to their exterior street appearance and their impact to the neighborhoods in the city of Beverly Hills.

      On a personal note - Brandy and her husband, a clinical psychologist, have been married 18 years, and have two teen-age children who attend the Beverly Hills public schools. They share their home with their two cats, Socks and Mittens.
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