Maria Arita, Founder and EP

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maria picMaria Arita is an Emmy Award Winning former CBS news anchor/reporter . In 2008 Arita left the news to go behind the cameras. She courageously set a new course with the founding of Veridicus Films, making her a formidable up and coming Latina film maker in the U.S. Her first project: the documentary "Barack Obama: The Man And His Journey" is a stunning narrative of the journey of Barack Obama from the Illinois Senate to 1600 Pennsylvania as the 1st popularly elected African American President of the United States. It is both a bio and epic depiction of the most historic political story of our times featuring more than 30 celebrity and political interviews across 13 cities -- released Jan. 2009.

Maria Arita’s star began as host for "On the Beam" a nationally syndicated show which helped pioneer black entertainment news. She joined KTVT-TV in December 2003 as a news anchor winning an Emmy in her 1st year, two Press Club Katie Awards and National Religion Newswriters Award.

Born in Honduras, C.A, Arita was the first in her family to attend college graduating at the top of her class. She was warded a full academic scholarship to SMU, Dallas and graduated Cum Laude in 1996 majoring in Journalism and minoring in Latin American Studies while raising two children. In ‘96 Arita landed her first news job as a reporter, NBC Dallas. She went on to do a short stint as fill-in host for E! News Daily, L..A and "Haven, N.Y." In 2001, she was tapped to Host "Hispanics Today, N.Y" the first nationally syndicated, all-English news magazine for Latinos ever to air on American television. During her two seasons with HT Arita interviewed Secretary Tommy Thompson, White House Fellows under Colin Powell, many luminaries and a host of A-List entertainers and community heroes. In 2002 Arita was awarded the National Latina Communicator’s Award of Excellence for her work on the show.

Maria Arita was lauded in 2004 for her CBS 4-part series "Home to Honduras" where she interviewed the First Lady of Honduras, Aguas Ocana Maduro. The series revisited not only the torture and death of Arita’s father, but also the broken juvenile justice system in Honduras and related socio-economic issues between the U.S. and Honduras and was a joint effort with the Christian mission "Manna Worldwide." Prior to the news, Arita was discovered on "Dallas," and in a career spanning 20+ years has appeared in principal roles for film, TV, industrials, voiceovers and hundreds of commercials such as: "Walker: Texas Ranger" and "Wishbone." Her film credits include principal roles in: "Universal Soldier II, Jean-Claude Van Damme," "Jailbirds, Amad Rashads (TV wife,)," "Hexed," "Leap of Faith" and most recently Ice Cube’s hit movie "Long Shots," and ABC’s"The Deep End." Maria Arita is using her 25+ years in television to broaden the reach of truth through film behind the cameras! – stay tuned; more to come….

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