MEET DIMITRI LOGOTHETIS
Since his early days as director of acclaimed feature films, television and documentaries, award winning filmmaker, Dimitri Logothetis has excelled in all genres ranging from dramas to action and thrillers.
In addition to his artistic endeavors, Dimitri Logothetis has run three companies, including Kings Road Entertainment, which produced such films as Slapshot with Paul Newman, Kickboxer with Van Damme, All of Me with Steve Martin and Lilly Tomlin, The Best of Times with Robin Williams and Kurt Russell, and The Big Easy with Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin. Dimitri has been a showrunner/Executive Producer for Warner Brothers, and managed over one thousand employees around the world, implementing over one hundred fifty million dollars of production financing in the last fifteen years.
In 2020 Dimitri created a brand new science fiction martial arts film franchise in Jiu Jitsu, which was based on a comic book. Jiu Jitsu starred Nicholas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, and Marie Avgeropoulos. The film was #4 on Netflix in the US the week of it’s release. In addition, Dimitri is developing a film project called Man of War, a Gary Scott Thompson’ Fast and Furious I & II original screenplay. Dimitri is developing two other Kings Road properties as well, All of Me, originally with Steve Martin and Lilly Tomlin, and The Best of Times, originally with Kurt Russell and Robin Williams. In addition, Dimitri is in pre-production on the third and final film in the trilogy, Kickboxer: Armageddon.
Previously, Dimitri wrote, directed, and produced Kickboxer Retaliation, a sequel to Kickboxer Vengeance, both currently in distribution worldwide. Dimitri brought back Jean Claude-Van Damme along with Christopher Lambert from Highlander and several major fan pleasing world champion MMA fighters like George St. Pierre and Fabricio Werdum along with MikeTyson. Kickboxer Retaliation got 92% from critics and 84% from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes. Before that, Dimitri produced and wrote an award-winning documentary on infamous 50′s Chicago mobster Sam Giancana. Last year, Dimitri set up and will Executive produce, along with Todd Garner, a remake of “All of Me” with Universal. Previously, Dimitri sold a six-hour mini-series to Warner Brothers and Turner called Momo, which he wrote, on Sam Giancana, former head of the Chicago Outfit.
Prior to that, Dimitri completed “The Lost Angel”, which he produced and directed in Saskatchewan, Canada for HBO. He has spent considerable time at Warner Brothers on several projects, one of which was as Executive Producer/Showrunner of thirteen episodes of The Dark Realm, a Twilight Zone like anthology, hosted by Eric Roberts.
In addition to producing, Dimitri directed the two-part pilot for Dark Realm. In the prior year, Dimitri Logothetis was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Code Name Eternity,” a Warners television series. In addition to producing and writing, he also directed four of the Code Name episodes.
In 1999 Dimitri directed the new television action adventure series two-hour pilot Air America created by Phil Degere and starring Lorenzo Llamas. After the pilot the company put Dimitri on rotation, he directed eight Air America™s. Previously, he directed the syndicated television series Mike Hammer with Stacey Keach.
In 1997 Dimitri flew to Europe and directed the pilot episode of The New Adventures of Robin Hood; Rage of the Monguls, and Nightmare of the Magic Castle, the hour long, action series starring Mathew Porreta for Turner/Warners. Turner premiered the series with Dimitri’s episode, to record high ratings. Earlier that year Dimitri directed and produced the western Cheyenne. This film was shot on location in Moab Utah.
Dimitri entered tomorrow™s multimedia superhighway by producing and directing Solar Eclipse, a futuristic CD ROM action adventure game for San Francisco based Crystal Dynamics. This high concept Top Gun in outer space was featured on the new Sega and Sony game platforms.
In 1994, Dimitri produced and directed Body Shot, a film noir thriller starring Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, Strip Tease, Fire in the Sky) and Michelle Johnson (Far and Away and Blame it on Rio). Body Shot was made for Cappella International who distributed Nobody’s Fool, Carlito’s Way and My Life.
In 1991, Dimitri found and developed the first original Stephen King screenplay, “Sleepwalkers” with Columbia Pictures as an executive producer. The film was a major success for the studio.
In 1989, Dimitri fulfilled the desire of every filmmaker who dreams of autonomy, and co-founded his own production company. Here he had the freedom to bring to the screen such projects as The Closer with Danny Aiello, which opened to rave reviews. Variety declared that the film was, “gracefully” directed by the new director Logothetis and Aiello’s performance a “career triumph”. At the beginning of that same year, Dimitri directed one of the most successful worldwide feature film documentaries ever, “Champions Forever”, with Mohammed Ali. A film that brought together five of the greatest living heavyweight boxing champions of the world, on screen, for the first time. The documentary has been on the best-seller lists since its release.
Dimitri, in 1987, directed Slaughterhouse Rock for United Artists. This successful horror classic went on to win a Silver Scroll Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, as well as the Golden Star Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council.
In 1986, Dimitri made his directorial debut with Pretty Smart, on which he also served as producer, for New World Pictures. That same year Dimitri developed and produced the very successful motion picture Hardbodies 2, a Columbia Pictures release.
Fresh out of film school in 1979, he was assigned by Capitol Records to direct a film documentary The Knack at Carnegie Hall for this highly controversial rock group. In addition he added to his growing collection of awards the prestigious Belding Award for his still remembered Merle Norman commercial. During his graduate program at Loyola Marymount University in film and television directing he was accepted – as one of ten from the entire state of California – into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ coveted Director’s Internship Program at Warner Brothers.
While earning his master’s degree he completed his first short, Call Me Kaiser, which caught the attention of the film community by winning seven major awards including the Athens Ohio International Film Festival, and Roger Corman chose him for the Samuel Z. Arkoff Film Award. Verna Fields, Vice President of Production at Universal Studios was a judge at one of the local film festivals and brought Dimitri to Universal, to develop a motion picture for his directorial debut.
After Dimitri graduated High School he launched on a very successful acting career working on stage in over fifty productions and in several motion pictures including The Choirboys, Victory at Entebbe and New York, New York. On New York, New York he met Martin Scorsese who inspired Dimitri to pursue motion picture directing. Throughout his career, this filmmaker’s command of story, acting technique, camera, lighting, editing, and special effects has made him one of the most innovative filmmakers in Hollywood.