Maria Baltazzi is an Emmy Award-winning producer, who has carved out a career producing on location throughout the world. She won her Emmy for Survivor seasons one and two as one of the original show producers. She did a total of seven seasons: Borneo (1st), Australia (2nd), Africa (3rd), Thailand (5th), Pearl Islands (7th), All-stars (8th), and Vanuatu (9th).
After Survivor, Maria began her own company called Sojourn. Working through Sojourn, she developed and Executive Produced with Mr. Burnett, Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone for History. The series was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Cinematography Non-fiction.
Her most recent work was the pilot for Animal Planet’s newest hit show, 100 Miles From Nowhere, featuring three extreme ultra-runners, who also self-shoot because no one else can keep up with them! Other series include, Lifetime’s Women of The Bible from creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, Animal Planet’s critically acclaimed 3-part series, Battleground: Rhino Wars. This project was shot in South Africa around the Greater Kruger Area, north of Johannesburg. The story revolved around four US Special Forces Operators working along side a South African anti-poaching team to hunt down rhino poachers. The show aired in the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and China. World’s Toughest Truckers, a co-production for Discovery US and Channel 5 UK; One Man Army for Discovery and Renegade 83; Sarah Palin’s Alaska for TLC and Mark Burnett. This series debuted at almost 5 million viewers; this was the biggest premiere in TLC’s history.
Maria has been on all seven continents twice, and to more than 55 countries. Location production experience include: Alaska, Antarctica, Australia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Fiji, Guatemala, Hawaii, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Okinawa, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, St. Barts, St. Martin, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu, and Zanzibar.
Also an adventurer when not shooting, Maria has climbed Kilimanjaro twice (2008 and 2015). Also climbed Mt Olympus, Greece. Trekked to (Mt.) Everest Base Camp. Dived in locations like the Great Barrier Reef, Palau and the Maldives. She is a marathon walker, raising money for charities, and has participated in the NYC Marathon, 2009; LA, 2010; Athens, 2010; The Great Wall, 2011; Solar Eclipse Australia, 2012; Safaricom Kenya, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, 2014; Antarctica, 2015. Her goal was to do a fundraising marathon on every continent, and now has been on every continent twice.