Nuyorican Productions

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Nuyorican Productions
Key people
  • Jennifer Lopez (president)
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (president)

Nuyorican Productions, Inc. is an American production company founded by Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina.


Lopez owns the film and television production company Nuyorican Productions, which was launched as early as 2001,[1][2] it was co-founded with her manager Benny Medina, who was supposed to receive half the producing revenue from the company.[3] Lopez split with Medina shortly after the company was founded.[4] In September 2003, Nuyorican Productions partnered with HBO to create a documentary about Los Quinces, a traditional ball held to celebrate a Cuban girl's 15th birthday. Lopez stated: "We are committed to producing unique and provocative films, so a documentary on this tradition is a natural fit for us".[5]

Nuyorican Productions produced South Beach, a primetime television drama that aired from January 6 to February 11, 2006 on UPN;[6] the series, which stars Vanessa L. Williams, follows three young adults "trying to get ahead in Miami".[7] The show experienced low ratings and received generally negative reviews from critics.[6] With UPN shutting down and moving its programming to The CW that fall, South Beach was one of many shows that weren't moved over to the new network.[8] Screenwriter Jack Bunick filed a lawsuit in April stating that the plot for South Beach was copied from South Beach Miami, a script he wrote in 1999. Bunick claimed that he pitched the idea to UPN, but he was never contacted back;[9] the lawsuit named Lopez, UPN, CBS Television and others as defendants. It was dropped in April 2008 by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who stated that there's inadequate evidence to take the case to trial.[10]

El Cantante, a film which Lopez starred in alongside her then-husband Marc Anthony, was Nuyorican Production's first ever production, which Lopez has shelved years previously.[11] Nuyorican Productions produced mini-series broadcast on Univisión, which Jennifer was a co-executive producer of; the show was named after her album Como Ama una Mujer, it ran in five episodes from October 30 to November 27, 2007, and starred Adriana Cruz.[12][13] Another show that came from her production company, Brethren which Fox gave script commitment, and it later aired on the channel.[14][15] In November 2011, it was announced that Nuyorican Productions will produce Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, a film adaption of educational children's game; in which Lopez was rumored to potentially star in.[16][17] Lopez is producing a drama series called The Fosters for Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family. Lopez is also scouting for up and coming singers or dancers to be managed through the company's representatives.[18]

In January 2019, Alex Brown was tapped as production executive, serving as a producer on all upcoming projects for the company.[19] In August 2019, Catherine Hagedorn joined the company as head of development.[20]


The company's logo is a replica of the Empire State Building with a coconut tree near it.



Year Title Notes Ref.
2006 Bordertown
2006 El Cantante
2007 Feel the Noise
2015 The Boy Next Door
2018 Second Act
2019 Hustlers
TBA Marry Me

Television series[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
2006 South Beach
2007 DanceLife
2007 Jennifer Lopez Presents: Como Ama una Mujer
2011–14 South Beach Tow
2012 Q'Viva! The Chosen
2012 Big Easy Justice
2013 A Step Away
2013–18 The Fosters
2014 Los Jets
2016–18 Shades of Blue
2017–present World of Dance
2019 Good Trouble
TBA C.R.I.S.P.R. NBC procedural drama
TBA Rosarito Beach CBS comedy drama; in development

Television specials[edit]

  • Jennifer Lopez in Concert (2001)
  • Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again (2014)
  • Neighborhood Sessions: Jennifer Lopez (2015)
  • Bye Bye Birdie Live! (2019)[30]

Online series[edit]

  • Tiger Beat Entertainment (2012)[31]



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