Population Media Center is a content studio. In the U.S. market, we develop, finance, and produce original content that addresses contemporary social issues, utilizing diverse formats and genres on traditional network, cable, streaming, and digital platforms.
Our narrative focus is in addressing the broad, complex, and infinitely interesting areas of women’s empowerment, human rights, and environmental sustainability. Of course, these issues are just part of the diverse spectrum of real-world situations and environments that Americans experience on a daily basis. Life is not simple, so our stories aren’t either.
We have progressive sensibilities, a national perspective – and a laser focus on storytelling for social good. We value great entertainment and building powerful narratives. Our characters are authentic and multi-dimensional, based on in-depth research into a particular issue or area of interest. But our journey to a great story always follows one guiding star: to empower people to live healthier and more prosperous lives.
Population Media Center ‘s multi-Emmy Award® nominated series, East Los High, rose to be one of the top five shows on Hulu during its first season. This series proves it’s possible to gain critical acclaim, ratings – and social outcomes:
Harlem Code is a one-hour scripted drama series currently in active development. The project uses commissioned research by Columbia University - and insights from numerous community partnerships - to tell authentic and compelling stories revolving around real-world issues effecting Harlem youth.
East Los High is a six-time Emmy Award(trademark) nominated series. It was produced in association with Wise Entertainment as a Hulu original series. Rising to be one of the top five Hulu shows in the first month of broadcast, it has also been featured in publications such as the American Journal of Public Health for its positive impact on issues like adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
Último Año is an award winning series co-produced with MTV Latin America originally reaching an estimated 22 million households. Broadcast expanded the following year to Cadena 3 in Mexico and MTV Tr3s in the United States. After broadcast, evaluation in Mexico found that 16-24-year-old viewers were significantly more likely to say they used protection to prevent pregnancy.
Head of U.S. Content
With over 20 years of industry experience as a producer, director, screenwriter, and development executive, Lisa previously founded Virago Entertainment, to bring authentic and courageous female-driven content to the forefront. She previously worked in scripted development for two shingles at Universal Studios and also had an extensive career in non-fiction and transmedia, having directed and produced numerous reality series and documentary specials for HBO, Bravo, MTV, and E! as well as being an EP for Discovery and Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films. She received an MFA in Directing from The American Film Institute, a Global MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she won several awards. Lisa is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America, The Alliance of Women Directors and the AFICWDA. She has traveled to over 40 countries.
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