Shogun Films Named UK’s ‘Independent Film Production Company of the Year’ at Corporate LiveWire Global Awards  

By: John M Jerva

The new independent film company Shogun Films is definitely making some waves ever since it was launched a while back. The company is on the verge of becoming one of the premiere indie showcases for action films as well as genre movies that pack a punch. The production banner was founded by the husband/wife team of Jonathan Sothcott and his wife actress Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott and has seen early success even with the threat of the COVID pandemic changing the landscape of the film industry.

The future is certainly bright for Shogun films and we have just received the official announcement that it has won best “Independent Film Production Company of the Year” at the recent LiveWire Global Awards. Check out the official press announcement below and get ready because Shogun films is ready to take over!

Jonathan Sothcott and his wife actress Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott

Shogun Films, the disruptive indie film company focussed on action movies for the  international market, has been named as the UK’s Independent Production Company of the  Year at the prestigious Corporate LiveWire Global Awards in London.  

Founded by producer Jonathan Sothcott and his wife actress Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott shortly  before the covid pandemic erupted, Shogun has already produced two movies in just over a  year despite the challenges facing the global film industry – the critically acclaimed gangland  home invasion thriller Nemesis and the action-packed revenge film Renegades. In addition,  Shogun expanded its reach with publishing and soundtrack divisions, releasing a glossy  ‘making of’ book and CD soundtrack for Nemesis. Shogun has attracted a host of international  stars to its initial films including Lee Majors, Danny Trejo, Michael Paré, Louis Mandylor and  the late Tiny Lister as well as UK favourites Ian Ogilvy, Billy Murray, Nick Moran and Patsy  Kensit. 

Fashioned after 80s and 90s home entertainment juggernauts Cannon, Vestron and Carolco,  Shogun’s focus is traditional action movies with established genre stars aimed squarely at the  international home entertainment market at a time when the huge global audience for them  is massively underserved. Shogun has a strong creative partnership with veteran American  action movie director Daniel Zirilli, who has made films with a plethora of action icons  including Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren and Dave Bautista.

Jonathan Sothcott said “We are delighted to receive this award recognising the remarkable  18 months Shogun has had at the eye of the storm of an unprecedented global pandemic.  The team have responded rapidly and effectively to an ever-changing situation and the fact  we have hit the ground running and produced two films, a book and a CD is a testament to  our unshakeable conviction in our vision to become the leading producer of international  action content in the UK and Western Europe.” 

Shogun has a packed slate for 2022 including Christmas Eve shopping mall siege thriller  Crossfire written by Chad Law and Josh Ridgway and fish-out-of-water cop movie Crackdown from Tom Jolliffe – both of which will be directed by Daniel Zirilli. Also on the horizon are  cyborg thriller Nexus, described as ‘Robocop meets Universal Soldier, vigilante action  spectacular The Star Chamber, mafia thriller Eyewitness and 80s action movie love letter  Assault On Hazard Rock. Shogun is also making tentative steps into audio dramas and limited  series for streaming platforms, as well as adding to its publishing and soundtrack output.  

Commenting on Shogun’s future, Jonathan Sothcott noted “Shogun Film is rapidly becoming  a production powerhouse, attracting premium creative and financial partners from all over  the world. We are focussed on being the best and Renegades is a game-changing film both  for Shogun and myself as a producer – it levels us up and puts us in a very different space to  anyone else in the UK. Our core values of quality, commercialism and independence are  somewhat at odds with those of the corporate behemoths which control the global  production scene, but I think gives us a truly unique standpoint. We’re building something  very special here.” 

For more info on Shogun films and their slate of current and upcoming films, check out the official website at www.shogunfilms.com

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