Sophisticated Films was founded in 2005 by the film producer Sophokles Tasioulis, with a commitment to producing international, commercially viable entertainment on relevant topics and essential themes. Aimed at family audiences, Sophisticated wants to inspire and emotionally engage viewers with its projects.
Sophisticated is uniquely positioned to benefit from national and European production incentives and support mechanisms through its worldwide network of highly established partners and key distributors. Projects of its principal, Mr. Sophokles Tasioulis, have been released by leading distributors worldwide, amongst them, Disney, IMAX, Gaumont, Studio Canal, GAGA, Miramax, Lionsgate, Universum, Lucky Red, Wanda, and many others, grossing over $ 200 million at the box-office.
Film highlights include the documentary "Earth," which Disney has released on 1.800 screens domestically and has grossed $ 38 million in the North American market and over $ 130 million globally.
Sophisticated has been the driving force behind Terrence Malick's Venice Competition Film "Voyage of Time" together with fellow co-producer Brad Pitt and others.
Initially founded with a focus on film, over the past years, Sophisticated Films has expanded to become a multi-platform content company, developing short content, limited series, immersive exhibition, and dedicated events.
As of 2016, Mr. Tasioulis has been exploring the new opportunities a blockchain-based tokenized economy can offer to the media market. Having developed into an expert in the field, he has consulted and analyzed numerous projects and ventures in this rapidly growing area.
In 1998 he co-founded Hope & Glory Film Productions, where he was a managing partner until the year 2001.
From 2001 he has been in charge of developing, financing, and producing projects with German and international co-production partners as a board member at Greenlight Media's Production Department.
In the year 2005, he established his own production company Sophisticated Films.
In 2011 he was recruited to a Red Bull Media House subsidiary, Terra Mater Factual Studios. He served as the Head of Cinema and international theatrical sales until joining the Red Bull Media House (RBMH) as its Global Head of Cinema in 2012. At RBMH, Sophokles oversaw the global cinema business of Red Bull. He was responsible for developing, producing, and international distribution of all the Red Bull Media House titles.
During his tenure at RBMH, Sophokles was the co-creator of the pan-European Film Festival series "Heroes by Nature", establishing a monthly reoccurring festival in 5 countries and 60 locations. Dedicated to action sports content, it combined a live event with a simultaneous broadcast of international premieres to 60 cinema venues across Europe, opening the genre to audiences far beyond the core fan groups.
Trying to expand the barriers for the genre, Sophokles locked a partnership with the San Sebastian Film Festival, creating the new section "Savage Cinema", attracting younger audiences to the prestigious festival.
From the start of 2014, Sophokles refocused his entire activities exclusively to his own production company. He was one of the leading producers on Terrence Malick's life-long project Voyage of Time (2016), securing international partners such as IMAX and Wild Bunch. Voyage of Time premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival 2016.
In October 2018, he joined Academy Award-winning director Luc Jacquet to set up Icebreaker Nature Entertainment Studios in Monaco, backed by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Government of Monaco.
In his career, he produced and co-produced many noted documentaries, including Cheerleader Stories (2001), Deep Blue (2004), Earth (2007), and Voyage of Time (2016). Other film highlights include features Shoes from America (2000), The Great Match (2006) and the animation feature Quest for a Heart (2007), and the drama Among Wolves (2010) based on a true story.