SVP, Original Movies, Lifetime

Lopez has single-handedly delivered key talent to the recent Lifetime movie development slate, focusing on content that fits within the network’s new brand mantra “The Fempire” and keeping it a top destination for original movies across demos. Five of the top movies on ad-supported cable in 2015 were Lifetime movies —and all directed by women. Among her recent talent recruits are Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams and Janet Jackson. This past year, she also built A+E Nets’ first BBC co-productions with the multipart series “War and Peace” and “And Then There Were None.” And she helped create Lifetime’s popular “unauthorized” franchise with “The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story,” “The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” and others. The unpredictability of viewers is top of mind for Lopez. “No cable network can rest on one hit. The audience goes to what they want to watch, not the network they want to watch in on.”

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

Don’t let the negative voices in your head make you feel bad about yourself, rather celebrate your uniqueness.

Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?

“UnReal” shows two women who are extremely successful at their jobs but messy in other parts of their lives.  I love that example of for women and for audiences.  Women are anything but the same.

What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?

Biggest story in cable this year for me is the unpredictability of the viewing audiences.   No cable network can rest on one hit. The audience goes to what they want to watch, not the network they want to watch in on.

The Daily

Subscribe

Nexstar Renews CBS Affiliations

ViacomCBS and Nexstar have agreed to multi-year deals renewing the existing CBS affiliations in 39 U.S. markets.

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up

Calendar

Jan 28
Cablefax 100 – 2022 Nominations Due: January 28, 2022
Mar 11
The FAXIES 2022Entry Deadline: March 11
Apr 1
Cablefax Top Ops – 2022Nominations Due: April 1, 2022
Jun 3
The Diversity List – 2022Nomination Deadline: June 3
Aug 12
Most Powerful Women – 2022Nominations Due: August 12
Full Calendar

Jobs

Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?
VIEW JOBS

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact John@cynopsis.com for more information.