Alex Pissios is a Chicago-born businessman and philanthropist known for his role as President and CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Under his supervision, Cinespace Chicago has charitably given back to the community through monetary donations and pledges, hosting fundraisers for local nonprofits, and volunteering. The studio has also aided in creating more than 15,000 jobs related to the film industry in the city.
After earning a degree in English Literature at Northern Illinois University, Alex Pissios decided to pursue a career in real estate. However, Pissios, like many other Americans, felt the repercussions of the 2008 recession. The economic downturn had particularly harsh effects on real estate developers, leading him to pursue a different occupation. His uncle, Nick Mirkopoulos, provided Pissios with an opportunity to engage in family business: the film industry. Mirkopoulos had already established a studio in Toronto that had hosted award-winning projects such as The Handmaid’s Tale.
Together, Alex Pissios and Nick Mirkopoulos purchased 60 acres of property that would later be nicknamed “Hollywood of the Midwest” because of its reputation as the most sizeable independent studio outward of LA. Officially known as Cinespace Chicago, the arena houses 32 sound stages, an abundance of production offices, support spaces, and tenants that offer services. The film studio has provided amenity to over 40 popular films and TV series such as Transformers and the show Shameless. With dedication and collaboration, Alex Pissios has brought more than 3 billion dollars to the film industry in Chicago and Illinois.