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Greek of the Week: An Interview with Christos Terzidis - Life as a Producer in the U.S.

Featured Greek of the Week: An Interview with Christos Terzidis - Life as a Producer in the U.S.

An Interview with Christos Terzidis: Life as a Producer in the U.S.

We did have the chance to interview briefly Mr. Christos Terzidis and asked him to share with us his opinion about current situation of US TV & Film Industry.

Christos Terzidis is a professional on Entertainment Business, working with a lot of artists and brands and he is  involved as well  in major international TV Productions, like the Olympic Games and Soccer World Cups. He has, so far, 3 Emmy Awards Nominations and he was awarded twice with an Emmy.

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- Mr. Terzidis, can you share with us your Perspective of View, regarding TV & Film industry in US nowadays?

Of course. What is shaping the future of TV & Film Industry nowadays is the ongoing battle we are witnessing and have as a result the continuous strike of SAG-AFTRA and the Hollywood scriptwriters. There are a lot of issues to be regulated and not only the AI implementation on those industries. The distribution of streaming services rights may be more important. And the fact that the latest statistics indicate that more and more consumers are cancelling streaming subscriptions - that concludes on loss of earnings - may affect budgeting for bigger scale productions, not only for films and TV series but as well of Sports Events’ coverage. Those are factors that create an unprecedented environment but I am always a realistic optimist and I believe that correct regulations will fall soon in place and lead the industry to a more prosperous era.

- You have been part of several International productions that are considered to be the highest demand of TV World. Can you briefly share with us some of the most important milestones of your career so far?

 I have been part of 7 Olympic Games as a member of TV Production and more specifically working with OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Company) the company the produces the initial TV material of Olympic Games . My journey started back in 2004 in the Olympic Games of Athens where I was part of the Production team for the Opening and Closing Ceremony and Athletics. Since then I have worked in Winter Olympics in Torino 2006, Olympic Games of Beijing 2008, Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Winter Olympic Games of Pyeong Chang 2018. My last project, with this company, was the Olympic Games of Tokyo where I was running the Production of the Golf Course and Paralympic Games. I have the honor as well to collaborate with FS1 (Fox Sports) for the Production of their Remote Studios Shows on the Soccer World Cups of Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 and the Women Soccer World Cup in France 2019.

- Your background is music business as a successful music manager.  Can you share with us how you are using your experience and skills on TV Productions?

Even though my main role in those productions is  administration, logistical support and Technical Supervision, nevertheless the  knowledge of all the aspects of those productions is crucial. I am aware of the final product that the consumer/spectator receives and I am keep in mind that we are creating art and that helps to deliver a great product.

My collaboration with the art department on those productions is critical and due the fact that I have an excellent sense of art, hence I can support and fulfill their needs.

TV Productions are a teamwork sport and every member of a Production crew has to have a basic knowledge of all aspects of TV.

 - You have had the highest honor to be nominated 3 times for an Emmy Award and be a Winner twice. Can you share with us more details?

I was nominated 3 times for the Productions I delivered with FS1 in Moscow, Paris and Doha for the Soccer World Cups - both Men and Women - and I have received the highest honor of being an Emmy Award Winner for Paris 2019 and Doha 2022. It is the dream of any professional to be on the league of those who have received this honor. Same is for me. I was just humbled and I will carry the feeling that this honor has for the rest of my life. Needless to say that this outcome came not only from my work but from all team's members efforts and therefore has a collective nature.

- Lastly, share with us possible future plans?

I have ran currently the Production of Coverage and Streaming  for GAMERS8 of ESL on behalf of Gravity Media in Riyadh Saudi Arabia and I am preparing for the Olympic Games in Paris the Summer of 2024 where I will run the Production of the Golf Course Venue. In the meantime, I am focusing more in TV & Event Productions inside US and supporting brands and artists to elevate their presence and evolve their vision.