As an digital producer and entrepreneur, Maria, along with partner Keven Undergaro, co-founded AfterBuzz TV, the largest online broadcast network that produces over 300 TV ‘after-shows’ for favorite TV shows, is comprised of over 250 hosts, features daily celebrity guests and broadcasts weekly to over 20 million people from over 100 countries. In addition, along with Undergaro, she co-founded Popcorn Talk, a movie discussion network that reaches 2 million. Per Maria, the collective networks carry a mission to aid and empower aspiring hosts and journalists. Maria and Keven host various career seminars at their AfterBuzz studios and are deeply involved in shepherding and mentoring hosts. To that point, AfterBuzz has helped launch the careers of former hosts, Beth Behrs (Two Broke Girls), Kat Bailess (Hit the Floor), Jackie Miranne (Big Morning Buzz), Stephanie Bauer (Access Hollywood), Suri Serano (ESPN), Deidre Behar (Entertainment Tonight), AJ Gibson (Hollywood Today), Eboni K. Williams (CBS), Derrial Christon (BET), Chloe West (Moviefone), Cathy Kelley (Celebified), Matt Lieberman (SourceFed), Roxy Striar (Screen Junkies), Krisily Kennedy (The Movie Chickk), Alex Wehrley (E! News), Lauren LogGasso (SiriusXM), Ashley Daniels (Leading Periscope Host) and countless others.
In addition to being a champion of talent, Maria is particularly passionate about helping fellow women young and old. She also loves animals, is avid in pet rescuer and works with several organizations in that regard.
Though her career has been groundbreaking and will no doubt be emulated by many to come, Maria’s career remains in relative infancy with much room left to blossom. A girl who did not speak English until the first grade and one who worked as a janitor cleaning Boston nightclubs throughout her adolescence, Maria is proof that you can come from humble beginnings and succeed. She is proof that you can do it all. Most importantly, she is proof that you can remain true to yourself and humble and still care deeply for others.