Lopez Signs Production Deal With Universal Media Studios 10/28/08
UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS SIGNS FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH PRODUCER-ACTRESS
JENNIFER LOPEZ AND HER NUYORICAN PRODUCTIONS SHINGLE
UNIVERSAL CITY, California (Oct. 28, 2008) - Universal Media Studios has signed
producer-actress Jennifer Lopez ("Maid in Manhattan,"
"Selena") and her company, Nuyorican Productions, which she runs
with producing partner Simon Fields, to a two-year exclusive first-look
television development deal.
The deal - aimed at creating a variety of different television series
projects -- was announced today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC
Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.
"Jennifer Lopez is a multi-faceted superstar and we are thrilled
to be in business with her," said Silverman. "NBC has been
fortunate to have worked with her previously with her music specials, and
now this first-look deal gives us an opportunity to explore a variety of
projects which will result in some outstanding television."
"Universal Media Studio is the perfect home for Nuyorican, and I
look forward to a successful, creative partnership," said Jennifer
Nuyorican Productions develops and produces feature films and
television series geared to both mainstream and Latino audiences.
Nuyorican was founded in 2003 by Jennifer Lopez and is run by Lopez and
veteran producer Simon Fields. The company has produced a wide variety of
projects including SHALL WE DANCE, which grossed over $170 million
worldwide; BORDERTOWN, the political thriller starring Lopez and directed
by Gregory Nava; EL CANTANTE, the dark bio-pic about salsa legend Hector
Lavoe starring Lopez and Marc Anthony; and FEEL THE NOISE, a Reggaeton
project set in the streets of New York and Puerto Rico, released by Sony
BMG Films. In television, Nuyorican produced the dramatic Paramount
Television series SOUTH BEACH, the Univison mini series COMO AMA UNA MUJER
and the MTV dance show called DANCELIFE. Most recently Nuyorican sold the
projects MAID IN MANHATTAN to ABC and AMIGAS to Disney.
Few artists have traveled so effortlessly from one artistic medium to
another as Jennifer Lopez, as evidenced by her array of talent as an
acclaimed movie actress, a chart-topping musical artist and a fashion
industry entrepreneur. Her trailblazing career boasts major box office
hits, prestigious film nominations, the successful fashion line Sweetface
by J.Lo, best-selling fragrances, and over 35 million albums sold
Lopez recently released her new pop album "Brave"on Epic
Records, her sixth studio album and her second release last year. Her
first all-Spanish album, "Como Ama Una Mujer" was released in
March 2007; it zoomed straight to #1 on Billboard's Latin Album chart
(where it stayed for 4 weeks) while also making a #10 debut on the
Billboard Top 200 Album chart. This made history as the highest sales of a
Spanish album debut.
Lopez recently starred in the film "El Cantante," as Puchi,
the wife of tragic salsa legend Hector Lavoe. Produced by Lopez's
Nuyorican Productions, the film opened to rave reviews. Among her other
feature film credits: the upcoming "The Governess," "Bordertown,"
"An Unfinished Life," "Monster-in-Law," "Shall We
Dance," "Maid in Manhattan," "The Wedding
Planner" "Out of Sight" and the critically acclaimed
"Selena." In television, Lopez was a Fly Girl on the Fox variety
show "In Living Color."
Source: Universal Media Studios Press Release
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