President, Perez Brown Media Group, Inc.
Named one of the most powerful women and minorities in the cable industry for 2012 and 2011 by Cable Fax Magazine, Maria has over 20 years of experience developing and producing content for leading brands including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., ABC, CBS, and NuvoTV. She was the creator and executive producer of critically acclaimed Taina. She also created the landmark pre-school series Gullah Gullah Island, which TV Guide recognized as one of the nation’s “top 10 television shows”. Most recently, Maria was CEO of Zwoosh Media, a company that specializes in producing children’s content across linear and digital platforms. Perez-Brown is the author of several books including, Latinos Leaders Speak (Arte Publico Press, 2017); Zuri Pi Wonders Why, (Zwoosh Media, 2015) and Mama: Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers (Harper Collins, 2002). She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, where she teaches “The Art of the Pitch”. Perez-Brown holds a JD from New York University Law School and earned her B.A. at Yale University.
BFF, the non-profit media arts organization founded in 1978 as the Black Filmmaker Foundation, is a product of the social and artistic consciousness that developed in the late sixties and early 1970s. BFF designs and administers programs that address the institutional disenfranchisement of black filmmakers and black audiences. As a result of this effort, BFF has for more than for two decades played a pivotal role in the emergence of the contemporary Back film movement. Now in its third decade of service, BFF has expanded its mission and constituency to include all filmmakers of color and include digital media, as well film and television.