top of page

Our Team

Maxine is powered by a passion for great journalism and is proud of our team of award-winning filmmakers, journalists, development, and production executives.

Mary Robertson
Mary Robertson
Founder & President

Mary Robertson is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director. Prior to founding Maxine, Mary was the showrunner of The New York Times Presents, the anthology documentary series from the New York Times, Left/Right, FX, and Hulu. Her efforts for the series include Framing Britney Spears and Controlling Britney Spears, both critically-lauded documentaries that have touched off a reckoning on Spears' treatment, misogyny, conservatorships, and tabloid culture. Framing Britney Spears broke ratings records around the world, was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Documentary or Special, and won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information. Controlling Britney Spears was also nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Documentary or Special and the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information. In the wake of both films, Ms. Spears’s father was suspended as conservator, and the judge terminated the conservatorship entirely.

Before her work on The New York Times Presents Mary helped create and executive produce The Weekly, whose first season garnered nine Emmy nominations and four wins. Prior to that Mary created, directed and executive produced the award-winning all-archival limited series Tricky Dick for CNN. The Wall Street Journal described Tricky Dick as a, “remarkably penetrating portrait of Richard Nixon” and named it to its year-end best of TV list. Before that, she directed and produced the feature documentary Trumped which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on Showtime. And before that Mary helped develop and executive produce the inaugural season of Showtime’s doc series on the Presidential election The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Season one of The Circus was honored with IDA, and Television Critics Association nominations and the series is now in its seventh season. Additionally, Mary directed, produced, and wrote five films for Frontline on PBS, two of which received Emmy nominations. 


Some of Mary’s earlier credits include multiple stories produced for This American Life, the SXSW award-winning digital series She’s the Ticket, the short doc Missed Connections which premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to play at over 20 festivals, and dozens of hours of non-fiction television for PBS, History, Discovery and AMC networks (to name a few). Mary is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A lifelong New Yorker, she graduated from Wesleyan and today she proudly calls Brooklyn home. Mary and Maxine are represented by CAA.

Mary’s Select Previous Credits

Our Team

Emma Schwartz Portrait Image

Co-Executive Producer & Director

Lisa Kalikow Portrait Image

Co-Executive Producer

Amy Rotonda Portrait Image

Vice President of Production

Katie Schwartz Portrait Image

Director of Production

Nia Stanford Portrait Image

Development Coordinator & Assistant to Founder

Jessica Call Portrait Image

Vice President, Development

Lora Moftah Portrait Image

Producer & Director

​Michele Wasserman Portrait Image

VP, Post Production 

bottom of page