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Maria brings a 25-year track record delivering profitable film, TV, games and digital media products and services.  She advises start-ups, established companies, consortiums and government.

Services that Meet Your Needs

Maria provides independent, informed, expert advice to address your company’s needs. Here are some examples – with testimonials.

Need to (re)build an entire VOD or OTT service with trusted expertise from someone who’s done it to reduce the risk of mistakes, excessive costs or extensive timescales?

Maria has delivered end-to-end VOD and OTT services (as shown below) from both a supplier and retailer perspective for premium-level security content from all the major studios and large independents. She also understands idiosyncrasies in emerging markets like South Africa.

She can assist from strategy and design through running RFQs, RFIs and RFPs, architecture, programme / product and project management, business relationships and contracts, delivery, ongoing support and evangelism across the following areas:

Core VOD Expertise

Watch her Keynote from the Video Infrastructure Summit.

Testimonials: FilmFlex Movies, Channel 4

Need to reduce costs of an existing VOD service while increasing quality and capacity?

Maria runs VOD audits of your company’s entire infrastructure and reports on ways to improve its service.  She was the first person in the UK to build a premium VOD film service for under £1M when other services like Kangaroo cost £40M, Arqiva bought the kit for £8M and YouView cost £110M.  She also saved FilmFlex about £500K per annum on its previous build and did this with a company size of fewer than 15 people. Her high attention to detail as well as the big picture ensures quality – attested to in her testimonials.

Testimonials: MultiChoice, another from MultiChoice, FilmFlex Movies

Need technical security approval on content licensing from the studios?

Maria has trusted relationships with the major studios in the USA and UK. She has successfully negotiated contracts with Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner and NBC Universal. These contracts formed the basis for agreed licence deals with all the other content providers.

Read Maria’s article on Content Security Essentials for Studio-Level Video on Demand.

Testimonials: Sony, Disney

Need to review and change business processes, set goals or plan projects that involve people?

In addition to a programme / product / project management background, using PRINCE2 and Agile, Maria also has expertise in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and coaching which she brings to any project she runs.

Testimonials: FilmFlex Movies

Need an independent review on your new or proposed video services?

Maria has run independent audits, technical reviews and risk analysis on existing and proposed solutions.

Testimonial: Tesco

Need an independent expert advisor on your committee / consortium / taskforce with international experience?

Maria has been a trusted independent expert advisor for the following:

  • BAFTA’s Digital Strategy and Communications Committee.  She is the only member who is also a BAFTA Voting Member – for film and TV.
  • DTG / Ed Vaizey (MP) on the Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT)
  • DTG. Modified D-Book 7 Part B to include requirements for premium VOD
  • DECE on global and retail implications of delivery
  • YouView on delivering a premium pay on-demand film service

Testimonials: Digital Television Group (DTG) / Future of Television Technology (FITT) Taskforce, another DTG, DECE, another about DECE

Need to ensure your investment in VOD technology has sufficient technical and strategic due diligence?

Maria has been able to quickly reject numerous start-up propositions, by finding holes in the VOD strategy as she understands the full VOD lifecycle from a studio, retailer, supplier and client perspective and has seen what works and fails in industry.  If possible, she helps get the proposition on track to something viable.

Need a digital media / VOD expert board advisor or NED?

As a CTO and consultant Maria works closely with boards, investors and stakeholders. She is direct and honest in her evaluation at both a strategic and detailed technical level and can support planning for company pivots.

Lost a key CXO / SVP / Head and need expert support now?

Maria provides expert CTO / CPO-type cover in VOD, OTT, IoT and well-documented handover materials and transition training.

How Maria Can Work With You

  • Fixed cost / time and materials / estimated cost as time and materials
  • Independently / part of your team (either temporarily or in an interim capacity)
  • Very senior, high-profile permanent roles possible if based in London, UK or Los Angeles.
  • Part-time (ad-hoc or fixed) / full-time / project deliverable / ongoing ad-hoc support
  • Remotely or on-site with minimal notice (UK driving licence and car)
  • Anywhere British and American passports permit (based in London, UK)
  • Speaks Spanish to basic fluency and some Japanese (3 years of study)
  • Connected to around 3000 senior industry experts
  • Collection of other consultants with complementary expertise

Find Out More

Contact Maria to discuss what you need and discover how she can support you.