Bio

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Emmy nominated Director/Producer/DP

Lopez is a filmmaker-hyphenate… a showrunner, a producer, a director, cinematographer, and lighting designer.  The trademark of his shows are striking visuals, lighting and composition.

He was a director on the Emmy nominated, History Channel mini-series, The World Wars. As director of photography for The Men Who Built America, another 8 hour mini-series for the History Channel, he earned a primetime Emmy nomination.

Some of his other recent shows include American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, for Amazon, and Season 1 of The Roman Empire: Reign of Blood for Netflix.

Spike Lee executive produced his last feature film as DP, “The Girl is in Trouble,” and it starred Wilmer Valderrama. For his work on “I Sell the Dead,” starring Ron Perlman and Dominic Monaghan, López was awarded the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematographer at the Slamdance Film Festival. Variety magazine has described his work as “expert.”

He has lensed concerts for Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick, Jr., Florence and the Machine, and the Jonas Brothers. Corporate/commercial clients include Pfizer, Pepsi, Taco Bell, Reeses, Christian Dior, Paul Mitchell, Sears, Bank of America, Philips Norelco, Sony, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, Mastercard and Hersheys.

Before embarking on a career in TV, López worked for 7 years in the policy circles of Washington, DC.  He worked as a congressional aide to Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and a political appointee in the Clinton Administration.   He holds a BA in history and economics from the University of Michigan, an MA in American history from Stanford University and an MFA in film at Columbia University.  López was later an adjunct professor at Columbia.

He is represented by Creative Artists Agency.