Maria Zuckerman is Vice President of Production and Development at HBO Films for Home Box Office.
Maria Zuckerman is vice president, HBO Films, for Home Box Office. Based in New York, she is responsible for overseeing the development and production of original movies for the network. She was named to this position in April 2007.
Zuckerman is currently supervising Dee Rees’ highly-anticipated film Bessie, about legendary Blues singer Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah who also executive produces. In 2013, she oversaw Stephen Frears’ Emmy nominated film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, starring Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella and Ben Walker, about Ali’s Supreme Court quest for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War; as well as the one man-show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Academy Award® nominee Spike Lee. Recently, she also worked on Mary and Martha, starring two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn, which was directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Richard Curtis. She also oversaw Curtis’ multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning The Girl in the Café.
Additionally, Zuckerman was program executive for Hemingway & Gellhorn which led the network with 15 Emmy® nominations in 2012. The film stars Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Clive Owen and Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Nicole Kidman in the title roles, and was directed by multiple Academy Award® nominee Philip Kaufman. She also oversaw the Golden Globe® nominated The Girl, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren and Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock; and the Emmy® nominated one-man show Thurgood, written by George Stevens Jr. and starring Laurence Fishburne. Thurgood was shown at the White House in a private screening that included Thurgood Marshall’s family, hosted by President Obama.
Among Zuckerman’s other acclaimed films she worked on are the multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated film The Special Relationship, directed by Richard Loncraine and starring Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid and Hope Davis; The Special Relationship, the third film in Peter Morgan’s trilogy co-produced with BBC Films that includes HBO’s The Deal and the Academy Award®-winning theatrical The Queen; the multiple Emmy ®nominated and Golden Globe®-winning Longford, written by Oscar® winner Peter Morgan and directed by Academy Award® winner Tom Hooper; and the multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning Grey Gardens, starring Drew Barrymore and two-time Oscar® winner Jessica Lange. She also worked on the theatrical film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl with Abigail Breslin for Picturehouse.
Zuckerman joined HBO in October 1999 as an assistant, Literary Affairs. Throughout her career at HBO, she has been associated with HBO Films, mostly as the sole creative presence for the film division on the East Coast. She began her tenure covering the New York creative community and later added London to her responsibilities, forging long-term relationships with UK-based producers and talent which led to subsequent HBO co-productions with Great Britain.
Previously, Zuckerman was a corporate communications associate at Artisan Entertainment, where she helped establish the company’s New York office and was involved in campaigns for The Blair Witch Project, The Limey and Felicia’s Journey. She began her career as a junior publicist in Castle Rock Entertainment’s New York office, where she worked on such projects as The Green Mile, Mickey Blue Eyes and The Last Days of Disco.
Zuckerman is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Independent Film Project, and is a board member of BAFTA New York where she also co-chairs the Film Committee.
She received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Film Studies.