Karen Loop - Columbia College Chicago

Karen Loop

Associate Dean of Los Angeles Programs
Associate Professor



Karen Loop, currently Associate Dean|Los Angeles programs, has nearly 20 years experience as a Los Angeles based feature film producer. Her latest feature credit is On the Basis of Sex (Universal Focus) in which Felicity Jones portrays a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Other work includes Outlander (Weinstein Co.) starring Jim Caviezel and John Hurt; Five Days Til Midnight (SyFy Channel) a five day mini-series with Timothy Hutton; Secondhand Lions (New Line) starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall; and Frailty (LionsGate) starring Matthew McConaughey in which actor Bill Paxton made his directorial debut. Before striking out as an independent producer, she worked in development for Academy-award winning producers at Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios, often reading up to 700 screenplays per year. Prior to Los Angeles, she worked in physical production in New York City, directed music videos, and worked on Emmy-award winning documentaries and public affairs shows for Boston television. She was named a Television Academy Faculty Fellow for 2016-17 and elected to the Academy in 2018.  She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a MFA in Film Production from NYU. 

Instructional Areas

Creative Producing, Production Management, Adaptation, Business Aspects of Filmmaking, Entertainment Industry Career Prep

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Mainstream Media


B.A., Communication Studies University of California Los Angeles 1984
M.F.A., Film and Television New York University 1991