Speakers

Maria Stefanopoulos

Maria Stefanopoulos

Position

Senior Event Producer/Production Manager

Company

ABC News, Good Morning America

Description

Maria Stefanopoulos is a four time Emmy Award Winning Senior Manager of Operations at ABC News for Good Morning America. She feels very passionately about using drones to enhance storytelling for journalists and believes they're a great tool which allows viewers to experience the scope and scale of an event like never before. She loves when drones are used as stedi-cams, jibs and helicopters and believes they provide the most compelling vantage that captivates viewers.  
 
 Maria was responsible for the production of GMA's LIVE drone coverage over the erupting Bardarbunga Volcano in central Iceland, where viewers were able to see the volcano from just 380' above. She also pitched, managed the production and live drone produced GMA's "Hidden Worlds, Son Doong" show, from uncharted terrain in a place where there's no map of a route, inside the world's largest cave system hidden deep in the jungle of Central Vietnam, 8,000 miles away from ABC's studio.  Two of her most recent LIVE productions included using the very latest in drone technology to watch a daring team of elite ice climbers venture down into a vertical ice drop located in the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Southeast Iceland, where researchers and scientists study formations to understand how the ice melts and sweeps into the ocean. She also led the GMA team on another epic drone expedition to Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, where 2 drones and 3 other cameras were launched on a mission to highlight animals near extinction. These flying cameras came face to face with lions, elephants, hippos, ostriches and rhinos, all in their natural habitat. Before drone technology, showing the world these marvels wouldn't have been possible. Maria has experienced a feat that unprecedented in LIVE television history. 

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