Maria Zuckerman is Senior Vice President of Production and Development at HBO Films for Home Box Office.
Maria Zuckerman is senior 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 March 2016.
Zuckerman is currently working on Looking: The Movie, the feature-length conclusion to the acclaimed HBO series of the same name, which is directed and executive produced by Andrew Haigh. She most recently worked on HBO Films’ Bessie, about legendary Blues singer Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah. Critically lauded in 2015, the film was nominated for 12 Emmys®, winning four awards including Best Made for Television Movie.
In 2013, she oversaw Stephen Frears’ Emmy® nominated film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, the one man-show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee, and Mary and Martha, written by Richard Curtis and starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, which has been used as a focal point in the global fight to end deaths caused by malaria. She also oversaw Curtis’ multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning The Girl in the Café. In 2012, Zuckerman was program executive for Hemingway & Gellhorn, which led the network with 15 Emmy® nominations, and also oversaw the Golden Globe® nominated The Girl, starring Sienna Miller. The Emmy® nominated one-man show Thurgood, starring Laurence Fishburne, was shown in 2011 at the White House in a private screening by President Obama for an audience which included the family of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Among Zuckerman’s other acclaimed films are Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Grey Gardens; Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee The Special Relationship, written by Peter Morgan; and Morgan’s Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Longford, directed by Tom Hooper. She also worked on Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, theatrically released by 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.
Prior to joining HBO, Zuckerman was a corporate communications associate at Artisan Entertainment, where she helped establish the mini-major’s New York office and worked on the groundbreaking campaign for hit film The Blair Witch Project among other arthouse theatrical releases, and was a junior publicist in Castle Rock Entertainment’s New York office working on major theatrical releases and television series.
In 2015, Zuckerman was named one of Hollywood’s New Leaders in Television by Variety. She is also a board member of BAFTA New York where she also co-chairs the Film Committee, and a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Film Independent.
She received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Film Studies.