Cynthia Lopez Women's Media Summit
Film Financing Forum
Cynthia López is the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she was the steward of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. López implemented strategies to support production of film and TV production throughout the five boroughs, and oversaw NYC Media, the City’s official TV, radio and online network. During her tenure, New York City’s entertainment industry increased its direct annual spend from $7.1 Billion to $8.7 Billion to the local economy, an increase of 21 percent. Television production in NYC, increased from 29 episodic series to 46 series and feature film production rose from 192 to 253 films.
López joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she had worked since 2000. Previously, she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award-winning POV (Point of View) documentary series, where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s development, working with key stakeholders in education, public policy and community development. Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work. She joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, serving as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award-winning PBS documentary series. López is the founding chairperson of the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).
López was named by People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women, The Imagen Foundation’s Top 20 Most Influential Latinos in Entertainment in 2013 and 2014, and Variety’s Top 50 New York Entertainment Elite. She is the recipient of 11 National News & Documentary Emmy Awards.