Topic Studios has promoted Maria Zuckerman to president of the company, effective immediately.
Zuckerman will continue to report to CEO Michael Bloom and leads creative vision and overall strategy in a wide remit that covers development, financing, and production of films, documentaries, TV and podcasts.
She joined Topic Studios in May 2019 as EVP and head of Topic Studios and in that time has grown TV and podcast activity.
Recent films include Pablo Larrain’s upcoming Venice world premiere Spencer with Neon; Kevin Macdonald’s legal thriller The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim; Nikyatu Jusu’s psychological horror Nanny starring Anna Diop and Michelle Monaghan with Stay Gold Features and currently in production; a film about the influence of Chinatown restaurants on California Punk produced by and starring Awkwafina; and Toni Collette’s directorial debut Writers & Lovers.
Among Topic’s creative partnerships under her tenure are The Population, the production company formed Mynette Louie, Mollye Asher, and Derek Nguyen; and an extended first look deal with Mike Covino and Kyle Marvin’s Watch This Ready production company.
Zuckerman joined Topic Studios after nearly 20 years at HBO, where she served as SVP of HBO Films.