Alex Pissios & the sale of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios


Cinespace Chicago is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility located in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Cinespace Chicago is a world-class production facility with over of production space. The studio’s locations provide various shooting options, including indoor, outdoor, night, and high-definition shooting locations. Cinespace Chicago is also home to the TV pilot production department and the premier film and television post-production location. The Cinespace Film Production Center has been a cornerstone of the Lincolnshire community for more than 40 years and today is one of the best-equipped and most advanced studios in the world. The Film Production Center has been producing films in one form or another since the mid-1950s, with more than 500 films produced here to date. Cinespace Chicago is one of the largest filming locations in the Chicago metropolitan area, with more than production space. Alex Pissios, President of the Cinespace Chicago Film Production Center, announced today the sale of the studio to a team led by Eric Esrailian, former president and CEO of CineChicago. Alex Pissios has been a strong advocate for the film industry in Illinois for more than 40 years.

The Chicago film industry is returning to its place of origin. Starting in March, a new production hub will rise from the ground at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. With a unique leaseback deal, New York-based real estate company ALE Group purchased the historic film studio in January for over $20 million, with plans to re-purpose the space into a production hub for the film, television, and digital media industries. The film studio has been home to nearly 100 film and television productions over the last 80 years. With nearly 20 renewal and replacement projects, the plan for Cinespace is to keep the productions that are already filming at the studio and provide more space for production companies to film in Chicago. In the future, Alex Pissios and his family members will not be involved in the active management of Cinespace. TPG has brought its team to lead it forward. Alex Pissios is responsible for bringing NBC producer Dick Wolf of “Law & Order” fame to Chicago, with Wolf using Cinespace to shoot TV shows such as “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago PD”, and “Chicago Med”.

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