Shogun Films is a new, disruptive independent production company headquartered in London which is dedicated to making outstanding, high-octane, filmmaker-driven commercial movies in the action/thriller/crime space. The company was founded by producer/actress Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott and industry veteran Jonathan Sothcott. Entrepreneurs Danny Bear and Andrew Green round out the board. Filmmaker Adam Stephen Kelly acts as SVP. The company has a strategic partnership with prolific US director-producer Daniel Zirilli and his Pop Art Film Factory outfit.
Shogun Films is a start-up business with huge aspirations and significant long-term international growth prospects. We have a formula that works, the absolute cream of the crop of talent, and our timing is right. At Shogun, we love film. We are passionate about our industry and the people in it and are proud of our incredible British film heritage, yet our ambition is global and our films are designed to have genuine international appeal. We want Shogun to be a new breed of film company, one that builds and fosters long-term relationships creatively as well as commercially; that becomes an incubator to the very best creative talent, and an immediately identifiable brand that gives its audience that little bit more. To this end, we will be launching the Shogun Films Podcast, taking you behind the scenes of the movies you love.
In the emerging post-coronavirus world, there is a genuine, significant gap in the market for high volumes of low-cost entertainment which can be produced and delivered expertly and expediently, and Shogun is well placed to fill it.
And we’re just getting started.
Our philosophy is to give audiences what they want. We make world class films using the very best talent and facilities the UK has to offer. We make films people want to see, not for ourselves.
We believe in independence. In an industry overshadowed by billion-dollar behemoths, we offer a counter point of true independence, authenticity and craftsmanship.
Shogun is dedicated to nurturing new and emerging talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Their start is our future. We work with the My First Job in Film scheme, a network for aspiring filmmakers offering them entry-level roles in the film industry.
We are not afraid of success or populism. There is no shame in entertaining people and we are very much in the entertainment business. We are here to win audiences, not awards.
A recent report from the Work Foundation found that only 3% of employees in production are from a minority ethnic background, while just one in five key production personnel are women. Ratios on Shogun Films will be far more balanced than this representing our commitment to cultural diversity.