Tanya E. Taylor is a passionate television showrunner|producer|director from Kingston, Jamaica. On her life’s journey, she has worn many hats (often at the same time) Copywriter, Creative Director, Lecturer, Writer, Script Supervisor, Fixer, Editor, Producer, Director. Uniquely left and right brained, she’s known for thinking steps ahead and keeping the big picture in focus while staying devoted to the creative. Smilingly tenacious, Tanya is constantly conquering the unknown while continuously honing her skills.
At her core, she’s still the 5-year-old sitting on the terrazzo tiled floor, too close to the black and white television. Grinning as the station identifier cross dissolves into the Jamaican flag billowing in the wind to the national anthem. The beginning of transmission of the island’s only television channel and the predictable start of the “Secrets of ISIS”. Her love affair with the episodic escapism promised by the small screen began then and has intensified over the decades.
Tanya earned an Advertising degree from FIU and returned to Jamaica where she grew from copywriter into Creative Director within 3 years. After achieving all she believed she could within the advertising industry she chose to leave it behind.
In 2002, her television career officially began, when she was recruited to develop Jamaica’s first kids quiz show. While, writing, producing, directing and editing the series, (essentially showrunning) Tanya also worked on visiting international productions. Some of these credits include: One Love, The Amazing Race, America’s Next Top Model, A Perfect Getaway, Food Paradise International. During her TV/Film career Tanya has been a showrunner and director for several memorable Jamaican series (various genres); Heineken Green Synergy 2010, Me and Mi Kru season 02, Deal or No Deal (Jamaica), Jack Daniels Grill Off, 2 Sisters and Meal.
Since 2015, Tanya has relocated to New York to continue developing global content featuring the Jamaican culture. During this time, she continues to write, produce and direct in the Jamaican commercial world, with her work securing 4 Caribbean Addys and a Jamaican Chamber of Commerce award in the past 2 years.
Portillo's Empire Journey
TV Series Miscellaneous Crew
Film (short) (Drama) Director, Writer, Producer
Rev Runs Around the World
TV Series Miscellaneous Crew
Film by Mikki del Monico (Comedy, Family and Romance) Production manager An improbable love, the mob and family non-conformity pave the way to laughter in this character-rich story that explores what happens when these worlds collide, landing us smack in the midst of two girls, one gun, and lasagna. Francesca "Frankie" Del Vecchio is adamant about life. Headstrong and passionate, she loves her family, her band, and her fiancé but disagrees with all of them about one thing: Mob Hit, a TV show that symbolizes the fetishizing of Mafia culture that, to Frankie, obscures all the more important aspects of the Italian-American culture she longs to feed her soul. But Frankie's abhorrence of--and her sister Heather's attraction to--Mob culture remain symbolic; that is, until Frankie opens the trunk of a rental car and finds her world turned upside down. In the days that follow, Frankie and Heather meet two people for whom the Mafia isn't a television show, it's their lives. Nicolette Bellafusco manages wedding bands and also happens to be the sophisticated daughter... Written by Mikki del Monico, Toni D'Antonio, Christian Ford, and Mark Dobies
Film by Alan Smithee (Horror) Miscellaneous Crew Disguised as paramedics, two psychopaths intercept 911 calls in an ambulance known as Old 37 and prey on unsuspecting teenage victims. But when a shy girl-next-door becomes their latest target, she turns the tables on her captors to fight for her survival. Hailed as "a blood-soaked, slasher fan's wet dream" by Dread Central, and "Jaws on the interstate" by iHorror. Starring Kane Hodder (Hatchet, Seven), Bill Moseley (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), and Brandi Cyrus (Zoey 101, Hannah Montana).
Two Sisters and a Meal
Television (Reality-TV) Producer, Director Exploring Culture through Food
America's Next Top Model
Television by Ken Mok (Game-Show and Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew A cyclical competition where women from all over the U.S. compete for the honor of being America's next "it girl" in the modeling world.
Heineken Green Synergy
Television by Tanya E. Taylor (Reality-TV) Producer, Director, Writer Competition reality series about DJs
Me & Mi Kru
Television (Comedy) Producer
2010 MuchMusic Video Awards
Film Camera and Electrical Department
Digicel Deal or No Deal
Television (Game-Show) Producer, Director
A Perfect Getaway
Film by David Twohy (Adventure, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they're being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers. Written by The Massie Twins
I Love New York
Television by Mark Cronin (Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew
Nichts als Gespenster
Film by Martin Gypkens (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Based on a serial novel by Judith Hermann, the film's five episodes are set in five countries: Ellen (Maria Simon) and Felix (August Diehl) are travelling in the USA... See full synopsis »
Film by Ed Herzog (Drama, Comedy and Music) Miscellaneous Crew
The Amazing Race
Television by Evan Weinstein (Action, Adventure, Game-Show and Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew The best of the reality series crop is back, with 12 teams of 2 players each racing around the world, trying not to be eliminated at a series of checkpoints in which the last team to arrive is booted from the show. CBS chooses teams with relationships containing at least some tension, especially when the situation involves intense pressure. This season includes such duos as two circus clowns, a gay married couple, a father and son, a recently engaged couple, married couples, and best friends. Written by T.J. Magwire
Film by Don Letts (Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Kassa a free-wheelin rasta man, falls for a straight laced gospel singer Serena, when they both meet as they enter a music contest. Serena's father the pastor forbids her to see him and wants her to marry one of his church members. Meanwhile the record boss organizing the contest, tries to get Kassa's band to sign to his label on his terms not theirs. By using heavy tactics, he pushes the band to fight back. Written by joseph dmorais
The KFC Quiz Show
Television (Game-Show) Producer, Director, Writer Educational quiz show for preteens.
Black Girl Magic
Caribbean Addys, Silver (x2)
Caribbean Addys, Gold and Silver