CEO and Executive Producer, Big Coat Media
Maria is CEO and Executive Producer at Big Coat. With 40+ years of extensive experience in the television and film industry, Maria has overseen the development and production of hundreds of original episodes of network television and film
Prior to Big Coat, she was Director of Original Productions for W Network (one of the top-rated specialty networks in Canada), where she established a strong independent production department and was responsible for overseeing all original productions for the network
Starting her career in casting, Maria quickly established herself as one of Canada’s foremost casting directors. At CBC, Maria was Head of Talent and Executive Director of Talent Relations, in charge of casting all CBC productions and developing talent. She left the CBC in 1996 to launch Armstrong Productions, which became one of the country’s leading independent production companies, with seven highly rated television series airing on a variety of Canadian networks
At Big Coat, Maria is currently the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed, Gemini Award-nominated series Love It or List, currently in production of its seventh season. She is also Executive Producer of Love it or List it Vacation Homes, currently airing its first season, and Love It or List It Vancouver, currently in production of its fourth season.