Alex Pissios Approaches through Agapé
Alex Pissios is the CEO and president of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. The Studio was started in 2011, in the North Lawndale neighborhood. He followed his uncle’s Nick Mirkopoulos footsteps. The Film Studios occupy 2.2 million square feet, and more studios are under construction.
Alex Pissios started as an entrepreneur in real estate which collapsed in 2008 due to a huge debt. It was during a wedding invite in Toronto where his uncle had a production facility, that changed his life. Nick Mirkopoulos helped him by paying his $11 million debt and collaborated in establishing Cinespace Film Studios in Chicago.
The company specializes in the development and operation of studio space. It also supports the facilities for television, film, and digital media production. He proudly say that the family business aims in giving back to the community.
Together with his brother Dean, they founded the CineCares foundation which provides programs that empower residents of Chicago through film and television education job training. The company also supports multiple nonprofits organizations such as; cancer care, films, and education that serve residents.
Alex Pissios claims that since the company opened, it has created thousands of film-related jobs, and has contributed high revenue to the local economy. The company is determined in keeping local talent by opening up Stage 18, a program that helps develop the local filmmaking community.
Cinespace Studios has produced films like Batman v Superman, Dawn of Justice, Chicago Fire, Southside With You, and many others. During his interview, Alex stated that his greatest inspiration was his uncle who thrived in the Film industry in Toronto. He aims in creating thousands of jobs and having a positive community impact.
The company can handle up to 10 film production at the same time and has generated over $5 billion in revenue since its establishment in 2011. Alex Pissios stated that new shows like Paper Girls, Starz Power Book IV: Force, and Light Years were coming up, and Shows like Chicago Fire, P.D and Med, The Chi, and Southside were returning.
When he is not working, he loves to spend time with his family and, his favorite movies are Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Godfather.