Testimonials

Clients

MultiChoice

I am meticulously making my way through the great work you did.

Jean-Louis AçafrãoGeneral Manager: Video On DemandMultiChoiceSouth Africa
FilmFlex

I have worked with Maria for 5 years at FilmFlex Movies. Maria is an unusual combination of a total film fan, extremely bright but also happy to teach us all the new technology. I have learnt so much from her from how to handle a team with respect and passion, to launching start up services in a way that makes it fun.

Paula HolmesService ManagerFilmFlex MoviesLondon, UK
MultiChoice

It’s a pleasure. Especially when the person asking the questions is as knowledgeable as you are about broadcast and new media workflows. The correct questions derive the appropriate solutions… Thanks.

Zaheer MahomedManager: Production EngineeringM-NetSouth Africa
Freesat

I have had the pleasure of working with Maria whilst understanding and developing partnership opportunities for VOD on Freesat’s new service Freetime. Not only is Maria an expert in the technology that drives the creation and distribution of digital content, she excels at relationships, business development and in commercial understanding. All this combined with a genuine passion for film means I would not hesitate to recommend Maria for future activities and count her as one of the leaders in the industry.

Sevan BrownCommercial ManagerFreesatLondon, UK
FilmFlex

As Head of Technology, Maria has always delivered services and products for a wide range of our clients to the highest standard.  Playing a key role in the development of the original platform architecture, she then extended this to a successful deployment of our white label broadband service.

Maria is able to create technical solutions and workflows which are both detailed and undoubtedly result in business improvement.  Her networking and extensive speaker and presentation experience enables her to remain at the forefront of the latest technical developments and communicate these internally.

Maria is cost conscious and yet quality is always maintained.  She has been a great asset to FilmFlex Movies Limited over the last few years and will be the same for any entity fortunate enough to work with her.

Jeff HenryCEOFilmFlex MoviesLondon, UK
Sentech

Maria consulted to our company on developing an OTT Strategy and evaluating various technology options for our OTT implementation. It was a pleasure working with Maria, she is not only very knowledgeable technically with good business acumen..she is also a fantastic person!

Yokow QuansahHead: Innovation & SolutionsSentechSouth Africa
Wilkinson Read

Maria is multi-talented! Outside the Film field, she has an unusual and refreshing perspective on maximising the business benefits from social media. She has consulted to our small company and really opened our eyes as to what we really can achieve. Transformative!

Many thanks Maria!

Barry WilkinsonFounderWilkinson Read & PartnersUK
Ch4

I worked with Maria on the launch of a new project for our various companies at the time.

I found her to be most helpful in all of our dealings and clearly an expert in her field. During the time we worked together Maria’s knowledge and understanding of the shifting technical landscape in the field of content delivery to be vast. Maria is very adept at making such potentially confusing details to be easily understood to the layman.

Steve JamesBusiness DevelopmentChannel 4London, UK
DTG

Maria has an excellent understanding of both the technical and business issues involved in launching an internet film and TV venture. Her approach to launching a service is; calm, clear, focussed and good humoured – she is a pleasure to work with.

George RobertsonPrincipal IP EngineerDigital TV Group (DTG)London, UK
Tesco

In return for entrusting Maria with our project, we received answers and direction that drew on resources and industry leads to which we had no access.

Maria has a wealth of knowledge and industry connections that span the globe. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mireality Ltd (Maria) – Any work commissioned, will be authoritative, delivered on time, to budget and in a polished style.

Thank you Maria.

Andrew UdenHead of Product Technical Development, Consumer Electronics & DIY - UK & EuropeTescoLondon, UK

Studios

Sony

Maria is excellent to work with. She is very clear and straightforward in what she says, and very knowledgeable in her area. Where she doesn’t know something she will say and find out for you, so you know where you stand. I trust her to a very high degree.

Tim WrightVice-President, TechnologySony Pictures EntertainmentLondon, UK
Disney ABC

Maria and I negotiated the security and content protection requirements between some major UK services and the US Studio I worked for.

Having now moved on to work directly for services similar to those that Maria was responsible for, I appreciate even more what a great job she performed. Her ability to propose language in agreements was always technically correct and creative. This is especially difficult when dealing with pioneering TV technology where the supposed risks are not yet fully known and the guidelines very strict.

Maria would always move negotiations on positively. I hope to conduct my business in a similar fashion to her.

Maria is fun and fantastic to work with.

Stephen GrangeDirector, Technology and OperationsDisney ABC Television GroupLondon, UK

Partners

Ascent Media

I worked with Maria as a business partner during the launch of several VOD services for FilmFlex Movies Ltd. The services required the close collaboration of a number of organizations at both a technical and operational workflow level under Maria’s direction. Maria’s drive, attention to detail and deep commitment to the highest quality audio/visual standards expected by the consumer, meant that all these services were launched successfully in the public domain. I would not hesitate to recommend Maria for any venture where consumer quality is vital.

Rob HoughtonProgramme DirectorAscent Media (Encompass Digital Media)London, UK
UltraViolet

Maria belongs to the rare breed of people who understand both technology and business, and to top it off she’s a joy to work with. Maria is insightful and detail-oriented, and she clearly cares about the projects she’s involved with.

Jim TaylorHead of Technology and Product DevelopmentUltraViolet/DECELondon, UK
Ascent Media

I have had a pleasure to work with Maria as a client during my time at Ascent Media, she was very detailed, delivery focused yet keeping in mind the big picture commercial implications of a number of projects she was leading. I have no hesitation in recommending Maria as a value add media expert professional and equally welcome the opportunity to work with her again.

Samir FarajiVP - Director Finance & Commercial AffairsAscent MediaLondon, UK
Humax

Maria has always represented herself well in discussions and articulates herself well in a debate. She is easy going in conversation and social.

Bob HannentSenior Technology ManagerHumaxLondon, UK
Harmonic

I was introduced to Maria while she was Head of Technology at FilmFlex to help them iron out some finer points of transcode profiles they needed for delivery. What immediately impressed me about Maria was the circle of experts she had gathered together to ensure that what they FilmFlex were pushing out was at the best possible quality. Many settle for just ‘ok’ but Maria was sure there was more we could extract and her drive for that extra edge proved successful.

As things progressed at FilmFlex, Maria was one of the most progressive driving forces behind the DECE/Ultraviolet initiative. She has an uncanny ability to assemble the most important pieces in the puzzle, nail fundamental agreements and form the foundations for the next steps. All in one meeting if possible. Maria is an inspiration. Passionate, highly technical, knowledgeable and personable. I hope I get the opportunity to work with Maria again.

Daniel LoshakRegional ManagerHarmonic (Rhozet Sales)London, UK
Akamai

Maria is that unique person who is extremely passionate about the projects she works on. The passion can be found not only in her deep knowledge of Digital Media but the respect of her peers in the industry. This is probably why she is consistently asked to speak at industry events each year.

Steven ChesterVice President, Global Media & EntertainmentAkamai TechnologiesLondon, UK

Speaking

Ashley Clarke

Maria great interview and very insightful for manufactures and techies alike. Actually after watching it Tag seems to be taking the analogue to digital leap as you discussed. But it is the tip of the iceberg as you mention. I also like the philosophy of the digital home/ life that is attached to you as opposed to simply IoT devices. It is how they connect and form ‘your’ life that is important. (On Maria’s interview on wearable tech).

Jonathan AshleyDirectorAshley-ClarkeSheffield, UK
Editorial Intelligence

What a great speaker you were at our Mobile World conference! Always good to have fantastically smart tech speakers especially when they are senior women like you.

Julia HobsbawmFounder and CEOEditorial Intelligence LtdLondon, UK
CEDIA

Maria delivered our AGM keynote on wearable and connected technology, to a room of well informed industry experts and delivered one of the best and most informative keynotes we have had.

Maria has also written a number of articles for our publications, and her work is always well informed, insightful and considered. I’d recommend Maria for both her public speaking and her writing abilities.

Kris HoggChairmanCEDIAUK
CSI Magazine

Maria spoke recently at the 2013 CSI Multimedia Home Gateways Conference alongside a number of distinguished presenters and panellists. Maria’s depth of knowledge and insight on the topic of multiscreen viewing aided a specific discussion on this theme greatly and her eagerness to engage with all other speakers in a bold, humorous and non-overbearing manner makes her an ideal choice for further speaker opportunities within the sector. Furthermore, Maria has a wealth of experience in a multitude of subjects involved in the broadcasting technology market and compliments any event with her enthusiasm and passion for the industry, guidance on suitable agenda topics and a willingness to contribute to question and answer sessions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Maria for involvement on any future conference/seminar.

Tiro BestonsoCommercial ManagerCSI MagazineLondon, UK
Informa

In my role at Informa, I have utilised Maria’s expert knowledge of the industry in a number of events I have organised. She has acted as an excellent moderator, panellist and thought leader giving valuable insights on the future of the industry. With her extensive experience in the industry she has always given thought provoking and interesting perspectives on the future of the ecosystem.

Laurence ColdicottResearch Manager, Head of Content & Partnerships, TV ConnectInformaLondon, UK
Groupon

This is one of the most relatable, impactful talks on workplace diversity I’ve heard. And topping it off with this nugget at the end was powerful: “Diversity drives innovation…and ROI.” (On “From Girl to CTO”)

Nicole A MeyersonSite Editor and Women@Groupon Events ChairGrouponChicago, USA
Movie Ventures

Thanks for doing a great job as a presenter. You are very well-spoken and you made everyone on the panel look better.

Martin KatzConsulting ProducerMovie Ventures USA
Salt

I had the pleasure of working with Maria who ran a Seminar for Women in Tech as part of Salt’s official diversity partnership of London Technology Week 2014.

She is a fascinating speaker who has an ‘eclectically cool’ background in both Fine Arts and Computer Science. It is her accessibility and humour which made her the most over-subscribed women in technology session during London Technology Week! All attendees resonated that they really valued her insight and her own experiences as a woman in the tech sector. I highly recommend working with Maria and hope to do so in the near future.

Sarah DeSilvaClient Services Manager - DiversitySaltLondon, UK

Writing

BAFTA

On Maria’s interview on 3D, 4K, Blu-ray versus on-demand, UltraViolet, Smart TV, Pure Audio, and the future in DVD Intelligence’s ‘An Industry Executive Speaks’ series:

Very informative. A must read. Thanks, Maria.

Peter CraneFeature Film Producer and BAFTA member
Blue Ant Media

On The Sleeping Butterfly Effect: The Mind — Memory, Depression and Joy:

This is a great article that breaks down negative thinking in an understandable way. I’ve been working on getting rid of my ‘excess luggage’ for a few years now and this article is a great way for someone to begin their own awareness.

Colette Johnson-VosbergContent Funding SpecialistBlue Ant Media Inc.Toronto, Canada
Maiden Voyage

On The Sleeping Butterfly Effect: The Mind — Memory, Depression and Joy:

Loved this Maria, beautifully explained.

Carolyn PearsonCEOMaiden VoyageLeeds, UK