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'Great American Christmas' 2024: Great American Media signs Mario Lopez to multiyear deal to showcase diverse talent

Wed, Feb 7th 2024 09:15 pm

Press Release

Great American Media on Tuesday announced it signed Emmy Award-winning host and actor Mario Lopez to a multipicture, multiyear deal to star in content across the company’s vast media portfolio, which includes linear networks Great American Family, Great American Faith & Living, Great American Pure Flix, Great American Adventures, and digital channel Great American Faith & Home, with a focus to showcase diverse talent in front of the camera.

Broader terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Lopez will be a major part of “Great American Christmas” 2024, starring in content for Great American Family where he joins a family of iconic TV stars who have made “Great American Christmas” a leader in original Christmas content. “Great American Christmas” returns in October. His very first film in this partnership will include a holiday film starring alongside wife and Broadway star Courtney Lopez.

“Mario Lopez has entertained millions of people for almost four decades,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO, Great American Media. “From his breakout role of A.C. Slater on ‘Saved by the Bell’ to his nightly presentations of Hollywood news on ‘Access Hollywood,’ the world loves Mario Lopez. We welcome Mario to Great American Media and look forward to his many creative contributions to our ever-growing, emerging brand of beloved faith and family entertainment.”

Lopez stated, “Throughout my career, I’ve aimed to create a body of work that appeals to diverse audiences and, above all, brings joy to people. Joining Great American Media is immensely fulfilling. I look forward to creating uplifting, inclusive and diverse content, viewed through a positive lens for all ages. At this stage in my life, family is the most important thing to me. Being able to share family-friendly stories representing diverse voices is a true blessing.”

Lopez is a constant presence on the pop culture scene. Actor, New York Times Best Selling author, producer, and Emmy-winning host, Lopez’s prolific career has made him one of the most sought-after personalities in entertainment today. Lopez became a household name as A.C. Slater on the hit ’90s teen series, “Saved By The Bell.” He starred in, as well as served as a producer, on the wildly popular “Saved By The Bell” reboot on Peacock. Lopez is the host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily.” Additionally, he hosts the national iHeart radio programs “On with Mario Lopez.”

In 2008, Lopez made his Broadway debut in the revival of “A Chorus Line,” where he met his wife, Courtney. Mario and Courtney have three adorable kids: Gia, Dominic and Santino.

Lopez is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment, WME and Ken Lindner and attorney John Tishbi.

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