Lance Rivera

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Lance Rivera
Lance Rivera

OccupationFilm Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Record Producer, Music Executive

Lance Rivera, also known as Lance 'Un' Rivera is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, record producer, and music executive.[1]

He is mostly known for his feature films The Perfect Holiday and The Cookout.


Lance Rivera began his music career when he met a neighborhood rapper named Christopher Wallace, who rhymed under the name, The Notorious B.I.G. After hearing him perform, Rivera offered to finance his musical career.[2] In 1994, when Undeas Recordings was created in partnership with Atlantic Records, Lance was put in charge of the artist roster, which included The Notorious B.I.G.'s protégés Lil' Kim and Junior M.A.F.I.A.[3][4]

Rivera eventually turned his eye to Hollywood. He teamed up with Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere, to establish Crossover Media, a marketing advertising company. He then went on to make his feature film directorial debut with The Cookout (2004), starring Queen Latifah. The film opened on 1,303 screens, and opened at #8 in the box office with a gross of $5,000,900. After seven weeks, it ended with a domestic gross of $11,814,019 and made $195,051 from foreign countries, for a total of $12,009,070 worldwide.[5]

His Second film which also starred Queen Latifah, The Perfect Holiday,[6] opened at #6 with $2.2 million; The film grossed $5.8 million domestically.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On December 1, 1999, Rivera was stabbed by Jay-Z at the release party for Q-Tip's album, Amplified at the Kit Kat Klub.[8] The incident arose over the alleged bootlegging of Jay-Z's album, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter, before its release on December 28.[9][10] In late 2001, Jay-Z pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony for assault and was sentenced to three years of probation.[11]




  • Percentage (2014)
  • Katt Williams: Kattpacalypse (2012)
  • Broke & Famous (2009)
  • The Angie Martinez Show (2008)
  • The Perfect Holiday (2007)
  • Life Support (2007)


  1. ^ "Un-derstanding Lance Rivera". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Un-derstanding Lance Rivera". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Lance 'Un' Rivera: The Return". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "Maybe B.i.g. Wasn't So Notorious After All". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Box Office- The Cookout". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Perfect Holiday Variety". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Box Office- The Perfect Holiday". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Rapper Jay-Z admits to stabbing". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jay-Z stabbing". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Police Arrest Hip-Hop Star In a Stabbing At a Nightclub". Retrieved March 10, 2016.
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