Maricarmen Lopez has one hand on the pulse of pop culture and the other contributing to the growth of the hip-hop community. The Cuban-American Television Executive and Artist Manager has several production credits, notably on cable’s most watched docu-franchise “Love & Hip Hop”, while also being 1/3 of Slick Rick’s management team, an influential rap pioneer and the most successful British rapper of all time.
With a background in music and over 8 years in television, Mari has not only been a part of the fabric that launched one of television’s most successful and longest running franchises, but has given a platform to artists, especially women in music, including Cardi B, Amara La Negra and Trina.
When not producing hit television shows or working alongside Slick Rick, she’s focused on mentoring youth interested in music and television production and pushing to increase visibility for minority women in TV and film. Being first generation Cuban-American and working closely with Slick Rick on fighting his deportation from the United States, she is passionate about immigration reform.
Mari is one out of 100 women who was selected across the country as a 2018 Women of Empowerment honoree by Ciroc and Variety. Mari has been featured on numerous panels, including HBO’s FUTURO Digital Conference at the New York Latin Film Festival, Women in Film Panel at the Urban Film Festival, Johnson & Wales University’s SEEM Conference as well as the Creative Colors discussion at the Everybody Digital Film Festival, founded by actor Allen Maldonado.
Mari spends time between New York and her hometown of Miami, where she wrapped production on the 2nd season of "Love & Hip Hop, Miami." The premiere of the first season delivered VH1 its best season launch in over a year, averaging 1.8 million viewers. Mari is focused on growing the production landscape in Miami and is very excited to establish herself as an independent producer. She just wrapped a project for Netflix and is currently consulting on a series for Facebook Watch.