Nick LoPiccolo thinks outside the box. At 26, the LL.M. student has already started moving and shaking in the entertainment industry, despite the fact that he only moved to Los Angeles in May 2008, after completing his J.D. degree at Villanova University. The Harrisburg, PA, native began working in entertainment media, marketing and PR during his first year of law school. Among other coups, LoPiccolo helped Bozmedia Group win the national product tour, print, and digital advertising account for the launch of the Sharp Aquos LCD television in the United States.
LoPiccolo earned his bachelors degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of Delaware, where he played football - which also led him to initially consider pursuing sports law. But then he started managing musicians and bands which refocused his interests. In 2006, he joined Lupo Entertainment, where he still serves as an artist manager, consultant, and talent scout. He developed and managed Widescreen Mode, a hard rock Finnish band with a song that spent 16 weeks at number one on iTunes and also had two number one hits in Europe. He procured a tour for another band, Through You, to open for Korn and Evanescence. He is currently working with the London band Lo-Star and it's Grammy-winning producer Hugh Padgham. "I want to find one band with stratospheric potential and I think I might have it in Lo-Star," he said.
LoPiccolo knew that a successful career in the entertainment industry would require relocation to New York or Los Angeles. "Even in law school I was flying back and forth to LA because I began getting involved in small-time financing for indie films. I wanted to come here and establish a career, and I wanted to get the specialized knowledge offered in Southwestern's LL.M. program while making connections with the local alumni community and transitioning to a new environment."
His Bozmedia contact also introduced him to a young actress and producer named Masiela Lusha, best known for playing Carmen Lopez on "The George Lopez Show." She was looking to transition from TV to film work, so in 2007, she established Illuminary Pictures, where LoPiccolo now serves as President of Production and Marketing. "We had a lot of success right off of the bat, and it has become my primary focus in the last few months," he said. Patrick Tatopoulos ("Underworld: Rise of the Lycans") is attached to direct Illuminary Pictures' first feature film, "Angel Hair." Brian Frankish ("Field of Dreams," "Righteous Kill") will be its line producer. "Since Masiela and I are both young, we're trying to surround ourselves with top talent. We've been able excite veterans in the film industry and recently secured $10M in financing from a German production company for this project." Illuminary Pictures has no shortage of ideas, receiving up to 20 scripts for consideration each week. LoPiccolo hopes to eventually produce up to three movies per year. He finds his new city quite inspirational. "There's a collective creative energy in LA," he said, "and there's a lot of support out there if you look in the right places."