The Shogun Films team brings decades of successful experience in business as well as a real, proven track record for making commercial independent films.
J O N A T H A N S O T H C O T T
One of the most prolific independent British film producers, industry veteran Jonathan Sothcott's past successes include Vendetta and We Still Kill the Old Way. Sothcott started his career as Britain’s youngest TV executive as Head of Programming at The Horror Channel before moving into feature films with Stalker directed by Martin Kemp. Kemp became a frequent collaborator, as would Danny Dyer, Steven Berkoff and many other acclaimed British actors. Sothcott’s ability to build relationships with talent, financiers and distributors, along with his ability to skilfully blend quality with commerciality, have made him one of the best-known indie producers in the UK. He has worked with Jason Statham, Sir Roger Moore and Mark Hamill. Today he is a regular fixture in British newspapers and on radio and television talking about the film industry. In 2014 he negotiated a ground-breaking multi-picture deal with US TV giant Starz. Sothcott is recognised as a successful entrepreneur, both in the film industry and the wider business community.
D A N I E L Z I R I L L I
US STRATEGIC PARTNER/CREATIVE LEAD
One of the world’s leading director/producers of commercial action movies, Daniel Zirilli has directed and produced over 50 feature films as well as north of 250 music videos (including for The Rolling Stones, Guns N Roses and Michael Jackson) and has worked with an array of Hollywood heavyweights including Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal, Dave Bautista, Vinnie Jones, Morgan Freeman, Michael Jai White and Michael Pare, as well as Oscar nominees Bruce Davidson and Sally Kirkland. He has also shot Public Service Announcements with Pierce Brosnan, Mark Hamill and many other socially conscious celebrities. Amongst his many successful movies are End of a Gun, Hollow Point, The Asian Connection, Shark Lake, House of the Rising Sun, Larceny and The Package.
As a commercially-focused creative he is one of the best-connected filmmakers in America with an enviable relationship with all of the best distributors and international sales agents. Daniel’s thorough understanding of the ever-evolving global market is a key part of the Shogun business model and one that is unique in the UK while his ability to maximise production value while always delivering on time and budget make him our key creative.
G A R E T H J O N E S
Gareth Jones has been involved in the financing, sales and distribution of more that 130 feature films over more than 30 years. He practiced as a corporate lawyer in the City of London before joining George Harrison's HandMade Films. After heading their film and international sales division, he subsequently became Managing Director of sales agents Alibi Films International and Head of Film at Winchester Films, later ContentFilm before forming his own finance and sales consultancy.
Films he has financed and/or sold include Withnail and I, Mona Lisa, Sundance Winner Secretary, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 4321, Love Sarah (with Celia Imrie) and Boiling Point, which premiered at the London Film Festival 2021.
His UK distribution company releases several titles a year including supernatural drama The Isle and international spy thriller Damascus Cover starring John Hurt and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott is an award-winning British stage and screen actress and producer with a legal accounting background in the City at a number of prestigious firms. Having run her own theatre company for a number of years, she made her feature film debut in The Exorcism of Karen Walker (aka Aura) for Sony in which she starred opposite Rula Lenska and Shane Taylor. Jeanine’s performance in Nemesis won her widespread critical acclaim.
A D A M S T E P H E N K E L L Y
Originally an acclaimed journalist, Adam Stephen Kelly was first published in print at age 16. He would go on to write for the likes of Rolling Stone and GQ and was the UK correspondent for Ain’t It Cool News – at the time the most visited film site in the world. His first film, the award-winning drama short Done In starring Rogue One actor Guy Henry, wowed audiences around the world and received universal acclaim from critics. Following its success, Kelly went on to helm the action-thriller Kill Kane starring Vinnie Jones. He has worked closely with Jonathan Sothcott for the past decade on films such as Vendetta, We Still Kill the Old Way, Top Dog and Eat Locals, and has strong corporate PR and social media skills. He wrote and co-produced Nemesis, the first Shogun Films title.
D A N N Y B E A R
Danny Bear is a charismatic serial entrepreneur, property investor and founder of the hugely successful Euphorium Bakery. Having spotted a gap in the UK market back in 1999, Danny founded Euphorium Bakery and started a British Baking Revolution, quickly receiving rave reviews for award-winning viennoiserie and interior design flare. This fuelled an organic expansion of the business from three to seven high street locations and one flagship store in Threadneedle Street within six years. The Brand successfully attracted the world’s 3rd largest retailing giant Tesco Plc to engage in a partnership to overhaul of their bakery and café offering. In 2012 Danny oversaw one of the quickest rollouts in history opening 126 Euphorium Bakery outlets in just 18 months. In 2014 Euphorium Bakery was sold to Tesco Plc achieving an overall company valuation of over £70 million. Since exiting from Euphorium, Danny has built a substantial property portfolio and invested in a number of Food and Beverage businesses.
A N D R E W G R E E N
Andrew Green is a veteran entrepreneur, with interests in multiple businesses spanning various sectors but with an emphasis on Hospitality and Automotive. With an eye for detail on all things legal, structural and financial Andrew brings strong Corporate Governance to the team along with a wealth of commercial experience and contacts. Working alongside Daniel Bear, Andrew was the Commercial Director at Euphorium Bakery from 2007 to 2013 and was responsible for Strategy, the overall Commerciality of the business and for Operations. Over this period Andrew assisted Daniel in the expansion of Euphorium Bakery from three initial sites to an estate of seven high street shops and a substantial roll out within Tesco supermarkets before the subsequent exit of the business in 2014. Prior to that Andrew was the founder and Managing Director of Charles Pemberton Ltd, Independent Financial Advisers.
On exiting Euphorium Bakery Andrew formed, grew and exited from a chain of Children’s Nurseries and has been a major shareholder in the Four Sisters cocktail bar in Islington since inception in 2010. More recently Andrew reunited with Danny Bear to progress a number of Food and Beverage business opportunities and to assist with the plans for Shogun Films.