Maria Ishak is Senior Vice President, North America Sales at all3media International and manages the pre-sale and sale of over 7000 hours of programming into the US and Canada.
Having worked in the television industry for more than 10 years, Ishak began her career within the marketing departments of FremantleMedia and Sony Pictures Television International, before moving over to programme sales and acquisitions.
In 2010, she joined Passion Distribution and quickly became a key member of the team that helped grow the company from a £5 million start up to a £25 million business. Three years later she was promoted to VP Sales and Acquisitions, North America, and moved to New York City to launch and head up Passion Distribution USA. She then switched over to production and worked as the Vice President Business Development at Blue Chalk Media, where she doubled the company’s turnover in one year and secured the financing for a range of productions.
Ishak was born in Lebanon, grew up in London, and graduated from Bristol University with a bachelor of Science in Economics and Sociology, she now shares her time between New York City and London, and is on the board of directors of BAFTA New York.