Tanya Lopez currently serves as Executive Vice President Scripted Programming for Lifetime and LMN. Based in Los Angeles, Lopez, who joined the network in 2007, is responsible for developing and overseeing all original movies, movie event series, miniseries and limited series for the networks.
For a third of the network’s existence, Lopez has helped to shape the movie genre of Lifetime, molding it into the leading producer of television movies in the world. Under Lopez’s tenure, Lifetime has been known for highly rated biopics, most recently Wendy Williams: The Movie and Salt-N-Pepa in 2021. Across all telecasts, the Wendy Williams and Salt-N-Pepa movies reached more than 15.5 million Total Viewers. Additionally, in 2020 and 2019, Lopez oversaw the music biopics The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel from producers Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott and Pasty and Loretta, both which earned Critics’ Choice nominations and told the stories of music legends in gospel and country music.
Prior successes for Lopez include, Cocaine Godmother, starring Catherine Zeta Jones; Faith Under Fire: The Antionette Tuffs Story, starring Toni Braxton, which ranked as the #1 original movie on cable for 2018; Flint, about the water crisis in Michigan – which has received multiple award nominations including an Emmy nod, a NAACP win and a prestigious Writers Guild Award; and I Am Elizabeth Smart the definitive, authorized movie about the harrowing kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, told from her perspective and with her full participation.
Additional Lifetime Movies under Lopez’s purvey include the Emmy nominated movie, The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, the all-African American remake of Steel Magnolias starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard, Flowers in the Attic starring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and Kiernan Shipka and the Emmy nominated miniseries Bonnie & Clyde.
Lopez has also been instrumental in providing many women their first opportunities in the entertainment industry with the network’s Broader Focus initiative which supports the hiring of women in key production roles. Lopez has also helped some of Hollywood’s biggest stars jump behind the camera to direct Lifetime movies including Kyra Sedgewick, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keyes, Laura Dern, Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kim Raver and many others. Lopez has also brought in top stars to produce for Lifetime such as Robin Roberts and Rob Lowe among many others.
Lopez joined Lifetime from ICM, where she was a television packaging agent from 1987 to 2006. At ICM, she successfully packaged and sold movies and miniseries to both broadcast and cable networks. She also developed both comedy and drama series, representing such programs as That’s Life, American Family and Life with Bonnie. During her tenure there, Lopez worked with such notable talent as Lauren Graham, Minnie Driver, Calista Flockhart, Christina Ricci, Heather Locklear and Jada Pinkett-Smith, to name a few.
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. She helped to found “One Voice,” a Los Angeles non-profit organization devoted to helping families, living at the poverty level, maintain their independence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University at Northridge.