Senior vice president, original movies

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Tanya Lopez was named Senior Vice President, Original Movies, of Lifetime in 2007. Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for developing and overseeing all original movies for Lifetime, the number one cable network for original movies among all of the key demographics.

High-profile Lifetime Original Movies shepherded by Lopez include, to name a few, The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story; Manson’s Lost Girls; Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow; the mini-series event The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe; Cleveland Abduction; multi-part War and Peace, Lifetime’s first co-production with the BBC; Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, which to date, is the highest-rated program for the network; Whitney, which marked Angela Bassett’s directorial debut and delivered 4.5 million viewers; the Emmy® Award nominated miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, starring Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Holly Hunter and William Hurt, which was watched by 43 million viewers during its two-night simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History; Flowers in the Attic, based on V.C. Andrews’ iconic bestselling book and featuring Heather Graham, Kiernan Shipka and Emmy nominee Ellen Burstyn, which brought in 6.1 million Total Viewers; Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, starring Christina Ricci, which averaged 4.4 million viewers; Emmy nominated The Trip to Bountiful, starring Emmy nominee Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer; and A Day Late and a Dollar Short, adapted from the bestselling Terry McMillan novel and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames; and the feature films Last Days of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning; and Lila and Eve, with Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez.

Other notable movies launched under Lopez’s leadership are Steel Magnolias, starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott and Emmy nominee Alfre Woodard, which averaged 6.5 million Total Viewers, becoming the network’s third most-watched original telecast ever; the Emmy nominated Ring of Fire, starring Jewel as country legend June Carter Cash; Drew Peterson: Untouchable, with Rob Lowe, which averaged 5.8 million Total Viewers; and Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, a critically-acclaimed anthology of five short films with interwoven stories about mental illness from executive producers Jennifer Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, and starring Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Hyland, Jason Ritter and Melanie Griffith.
Lopez joined Lifetime from ICM, where she was a television packaging agent from 1987 to 2006.
Prior to ICM, she was Vice President of Drama Series at CBS from 1995 to 1996, when she oversaw such programs as American Gothic, Nash Bridges and The Client. Lopez began her career at William Morris.
Lopez is also very dedicated to community service. In 1982, she helped found “One Voice,” a Los Angeles non-profit organization devoted to helping families, living at the poverty level, maintain their independence. She serves as a trustee of the Brentwood School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University at Northridge.


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