Operating globally at executive level, Maria uses six steps to deliver success and Return on Investment (ROI).
Strategic, commercial, risk and technical audits and due diligence.
Market / product research, risk analysis and vision creation.
Brief, business case with RoI, reporting and plan development, RFQs / RFIs / RFPs.
Lead successful implementation across disparate stakeholders.
Profitably deploy new products and services while maintaining existing offerings.
Build brand, share case studies and receive feedback to factor in and repeat.
Maria brings an extensive track record deploying successful emerging visual technology, content monetisation and commercial and consumer experiences across technology, media and telecoms (TMT): film, TV, video, games, audio and media. She provides board-level expert TMT strategic and technical innovation consultancy, public speaking and writing. She is a specialist in emerging visual technology (VOD / OTT / VR) and innovation.
Maria has delivered end-to-end VOD and OTT services from both a SaaS supplier and retailer perspective for premium-level security content from all the major studios and large UK independents. She quickly understands unusual markets like South Africa or small islands.
Watch Maria’s Video Infrastructure Keynote for an overview.
Testimonials: See FilmFlex Movies and Channel 4
As CTO for the Disney / Sony JV, FilmFlex Movies, Maria built a premium UK VOD film service, prior to many other services, and for under £1M — or less than 1% the cost of YouView. She saved the company £500K per annum and they were profitable from year one. Her high attention to detail as well as the big picture also ensured quality — as attested to in her testimonials.
Testimonials: See MultiChoice and FilmFlex Movies
Maria has successfully negotiated contracts with Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner and NBC Universal. These contracts formed the basis for licence deals with all the other content providers.
Read Maria’s article on Content Security Essentials for Studio-Level Video on Demand.
Testimonials: See Sony and Disney under Studios.
Maria runs independent audits, technical and strategic reviews and risk analysis on existing and proposed solutions for start-ups, SMEs, corporates and private equity. She advises both independently and through specialist firms including providing technical due diligence for private equity via Intuitus, now owned by Endava. She advises on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and risks and makes recommendations, including for business investment proposals, hundred-day and one-year plans.
Testimonial: See Tesco under Clients
Maria’s advisory includes the following:
Testimonials: See Digital Television Group (DTG), Future of Television Technology (FITT) Taskforce, and DECE
mireality typically works with start-ups, SMEs, and corporates who are looking to innovate, get a higher return on investment or receive specialist advice. mireality also provides technical and strategic due-diligence for private equity and industry. For government mireality has provided advisory and thought leadership. mireality is open to new opportunities, so reach out.
Pricing can range from hourly specialist consultancy, to fixed-cost projects, to time and materials, to salary for the right role. Contact mireality to discuss your requirements.
Maria is a British / American dual-national, so she can work anywhere British or American passports allow. She has provided services across the UK, Europe, South Africa, MENA and small islands. Remote or on-site (after COVID-19) is possible with minimal notice, including locations in the UK which require a driving licence and car.
Board-level advisor, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Product Officer, Chief Strategy Officer or Managing Director.
Maria is now Global VP Solution Engineering for Synamedia. She currently only provides board advisory and creative services through mireality.
Maria is a native English speaker and is conversational in Spanish. She also studied Japanese.
As mireality launched in 2012, Maria’s industry peers voted her the 26th most influential person in UK New Television on VOD Professional’s Top 50 list.
TechCityInsider added Maria to their 2014 TechCityInsider 100 (TCi100) list of people who are helping to redefine digital business in London and beyond.