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James Lopez

Screen Gems
Senior Vice President, Production
Culver City, CA
James Lopez joined Screen Gems as a senior vice president of production in July 2010. His focus is being a conduit between film, music and youth culture by utilizing his previous experiences and applying them to the production process of projects currently being developed at Screen Gems. Previously he spent more than 18 years in the music business in various creative positions and lead Atlantic Record’s marketing department for a decade. He has worked with world renowned artists T.I., Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Estelle, Sean Paul, B.o.B, Treysongz, Gerald Levert and many more.

His very first project as a Screen Gems executive was the box office hit “Think Like a Man,” which debut as the No. 1 film and grossed over $90M. His second production Battle of The Year will be released September 2013 and he is currently wrapping production on About Last Night.