Tony Jopia Biography
Tony Jopia was born in Iquique, Chile. Political problems in his native country forced his father to immigrate with him to England. Tony grew up in Liverpool and later studied Film and Television production at Suffolk University in England. After graduating he was offered a producer’s position at British Satellite Broadcasting. Since then, as Creative Director/Producer Tony Jopia has taken part in and lead creative teams that have undertaken massive broadcasting challenges, such as the launch of BSB, Carlton Television, FilmFour, CITV and various Disney Channels in Europe as Head of Creative.
He spent over 10 years producing Children's ITV for Central/Carlton ITV in Birmingham and Manchester in England, handling the live studio for 3 of those years and in 2005 Tony senior produced the launch of the CITV Channel in Manchester’s ITV Granada Studios. During his career Tony was head of Creative at Disney Channel and assisted in the launches of their European Channels such as France, Spain and Italy. As Jopia productions he has produced a number of commissioned television pilots for Flextech, ITV and including prestigious Saturday morning children televisions on CITV in the UK.
He has managed creative departments and production crews throughout Europe and US, winning several national and international awards along the way. His showreel covers commercial, music videos corporate productions and most recently children’s drama.
5 years ago, around his successful television career, he began his journey into shorts and feature films. He has produced and directed six short films including ‘The Student Body’ a Children’s comedy short film that won ‘Bright Sparks- Microshorts’ Film Festival in England. This was made using amateur children and adult actors. He followed this with two other short film successes Driver's perspective and the quirky living dead comedy Zombie Harvest, In addition Tony also won a commission from UK FILM COUNCIL and Screen West Midlands to make Warped! In 2007 he directed ‘Love Sick’ for ITV.
Presently, he is in post production with Little big Men, a 50 minutes children’s pilot fantasy/drama for HighScore Productions. Tony has just completed ‘El Espiritu de Animatas’ a Spanish speaking short thriller shot in the north of CHILE, his native country. He is also seeking funding with Tomahawk Productions for a feature length project called ‘the Hand’ also based in Chile and the UK. He is also in discussions with B3 media and Channel 4 with ‘Gobsmacked’ an Anglo/Chilean comedy.
As well as managing Jopia Productions, a company aiming to offer full production services in Europe to Latin America, Tony also is creative director for Eye-Catching Productions based at Pinewood Studios.He also lectures in Film and Media Production and Development at Oxford Brooks University, England and is developing projects with writer Stephen Bishop in Liverpool.