A descendant of English tradition, Hopwood DePree was raised in the United States where he graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He began his career as an independent filmmaker, winning awards and critical acclaim. He has worked with top Hollywood studios and production companies including Warner Bros, MGM, The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate, among others. He has financed and produced projects in collaboration with multiple Academy Award winning and nominated artists. As a performer, Hopwood has received admirable reviews, including Variety stating, “DePree exudes an amiable, shuffle-footed charm… his good looks and excellent comic timing should serve him well.” He has appeared at many notable stand-up comedy venues including LA Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, as well as being invited to perform in an HBO Comedy Showcase. He has been cast in starring roles for several television pilots for comedic performance including The Jenji Show (Emmy nominee Jenji Kohan) for HBO; and Dear Doughboy for Warner Bros/Sony. Hopwood currently makes regular guest appearances on BBC Radio Manchester.
In addition, Hopwood consults on entertainment and media ventures for celebrities and brands and has been recognized for his accomplishments by CNN, Wall Street Journal, Variety, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and BBC among others. He was appointed by two consecutive Governors of The State of Michigan as an Advisor to help build the State’s film, digital media and technology industries. Hopwood was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of “20 People to Know”.
He is currently helping to restore his ancestral home, Hopwood Hall Estate, in Manchester, England. He has pledged his passion and resources to help preserve the Estate. His journey is being filmed and he recently launched a YouTube Channel to share his behind-the-scenes progress.