Maria Kennedy is co-founder and owner of Little Engine Moving Pictures, an award-winning, creator-driven media production company specializing in live-action CGI hybrid kids and family series for an international audience, where she oversees all business and creative aspects of its original properties. She constantly aims to push the envelope with bold, innovative and uplifting storytelling that has a positive impact on young audiences. Since 2014, she has secured over 5 million dollars in financing for Little Engine’s series and digital content, and has worked with Canadian funding partners TVO, CBC, SRC Radio-Canada, TFO, Knowledge, SuperChannel, OMNI, Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, COGECO, Bell Fund, Rogers Telefund and Ontario Creates. Maria has produced TV series, feature films, commercials, branded content, and companion Interactive websites and games. Her debut series Now You Know was licensed to over 100 territories worldwide. Maria is a Youth Media Alliance board member, and a strong advocate for LGBTQ, diversity and gender parity in front of and behind the screen.