Producer James F. Lopezis President of Will Packer Productions. He is responsible for developing and overseeing production on all film projects through the company’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures.
Lopez produced the recently released “Little” starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Marsai Martin as well as “What Men Want” starring Taraji P. Henson. He was an executive producer on the hit comedy “Girls Trip” starring Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. The film opened to critical acclaim and has grossed over $140 million to date. He also executive produced “Night School” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, and “Almost Christmas” starring Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover. He is currently producing “The Photograph,” starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, which is filming in New York and Louisiana.
Prior to joining Will Packer Productions, Lopez was Senior Vice President of Production at Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. During his tenure, Lopez oversaw some of the company’s top grossing and most anticipated projects. He was the production executive for the box office hit “Think Like A Man.” Lopez also oversaw production on “About Last Night,” “Think Like A Man Too,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “The Perfect Guy” and “When The Bough Breaks” for the studio. He also produced and conceived the story for the acclaimed short film “#AmeriCAN,” directed by Nate Parker.
Lopez’ films have grossed more than $830 million at the box office to date.
Before joining Screen Gems Lopez was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Atlantic Records, where he was instrumental in developing and managing the marketing campaigns for several multi-platinum artists including the rapper T.I. He also directed a series of television commercials for album campaigns and led efforts for film soundtracks and brand partnerships. Lopez’s music video for T.I.’s “No Matter What”from his double platinum album Paper Trail was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. Lopez also has a Grammy Award nomination for producing a long-form video for Nappy Roots.
Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University where he played football for four years. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, is on the Board Council for the Producers Guild of America and has been included on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list and Imagen Foundation’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment.