Chilean Born and Liverpool raised Freelance 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 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. He has managed creative departments and production crews throughout Europe and US, winning several national and international awards along the way. In the last 5 years 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. 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! Tony has just completed ‘El Espiritu de Animatas’ a Spanish speaking short thriller shot in CHILE, his native country. In 2007 he directed ‘Love Sick’ for ITV and Little big Men, a 50 minutes children’s pilot fantasy/drama for HighScore Productions.
He is presently in development with B3Media and Channel4 on his first Anglo/Chilean feature film. 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 and is developing projects with writer Stephen Bishop in his hometown of Liverpool.