Jennifer Lopez, 51, is undeniably multi-talented having established herself in music, film, and television — most recently with Shades of Blue and World of Dance — and now her production company is reaching new levels. Lopez announced on Monday that Nuyorican Productions has signed a first-look deal with streaming giant Netflix. J.Lo’s business partners, co-founder Benny Medina and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas who is the president of Nuyorican Productions, will work with Netflix on the multi-year deal to produce both movies and TV series that will reportedly include scripted and non-scripted content.
“I am excited to announce my new partnership with Netflix. Elaine, Benny and I believe there is no better home for us than a forward-leaning content creation company that seeks to defy conventional wisdom and directly market to the millions across the globe who no longer view art and entertainment with the kind of boundaries and limitations of the past,” Lopez said in a press release.
The deal will give Netflix the chance to preview the content created by Nuyorican Productions as well as first dibs on the streaming rights should they choose to pick it up. They will reportedly strive to highlight the work of women in the entertainment industry, including actors, directors, filmmakers and writers. The first two projects under the deal have already been announced, and both are set to have strong females in the industry in front of and behind the cameras. J.Lo ,who recently finished shooting the upcoming film Shotgun Wedding for Lionsgate, will star in The Mother, an action film about a female assassin that is set to be directed by Mulan director, Niki Caro, and the film adaptation of author Isabel Ojeda Maldonado’s novel, The Cipher, a thriller about an FBI agent being sought after by a serial killer.
J.Lo is continuing her streak of proving she’s one of the most powerful Latinas in Hollywood. A 2019 USC study found that only 3 percent of movies featured Latinx actors in lead roles from 2007 through 2018 in the 100 top-grossing films. J. Lo, Cameron Diaz, Eugenio Derbez, and Jessica Alba held 16 of those 35 lead roles surveyed. Only eight male and two female leads (both played by J.Lo), co-leads or members of an ensemble cast were 45 years of age or older at the time of theatrical release. Clearly a lot of progress needs to be made still and with this new deal she’s clearly working toward that with women-led projects both behind and in front the camera.