"Producer Jonathan Sothcott is a friend of mine, and his company is Shogun Films. I think it's going to be the No. 1 film company for old-fashioned action films. It's kind of like a touch of Quentin Tarantino in there, you know?"
- Lee Majors
Shogun Films is a disruptive independent production company with a global reach that 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. Filmmaker Adam Stephen Kelly acts as SVP. Shogun is a trusted partner for the very best international sales and distribution companies including Saban, Film Bridge International, Bleiberg Entertainment and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Shogun Films is a relatively new business with huge aspirations and significant longterm international growth prospects built on a foundation of exceptional sector knowledge and experience. Shogun is aiming to be the largest and most prolific provider of international action films in the UK and Western Europe. 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. The Shogun name and branding is inspired by the great independent studios from the '80s video boom era such as Cannon and Carolco, however, we want Shogun to be a new breed of film company; one that builds and fosters longterm 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.
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.
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. The first Shogun film, NEMESIS, was one of the first produced in the UK during the national lockdowns and is already a hot property in the international marketplace, having been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films in the USA and screened on Fox television channel Tubi there.
In November 2020, as a testament to the huge impact the business has had in a short space of time, Shogun Films won ‘Best Emerging Independent Film Production Company’ at the prestigious SME Greater London Enterprise Awards.
And we’re just getting started.
In 2021, we launched Shogun Books and Shogun Records – publishing and soundtrack divisions to complement our core film production activities. In March, the theme song for NEMESIS hit the number 1 spot in the UK iTunes charts. We filmed our ambitious international revenge thriller RENEGADES with an all-star cast in London in the USA and won the Corporate Livewire 2021/22 UK Independent Film Production Company of the Year Award. Looking to the future, the 2023 Shogun slate is crammed with high quality content as we expand our operation beyond the UK. We’re going to shake things up: welcome to the revolution.