Biography: Demetri Panos from a very young age was hooked on the movie-going experience. Up until the age of none, he was on a steady diet of Disney Movies and Star Trek. Both Live Action and Animated ironically in both cases! In 1975, Demetri put on his big boy pants on and watched a movie that changed his movie-going life and that movie was Jaws. He not only stayed out of the water but was afraid to go into a bathtub. The ’70s rolled on and he became even more addicted to film. Star Wars added to his love of Science Fiction as did Close Encounters of the Third Kind Live and Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me turned him into a Bond fan for life and in terms of Horror, Halloween and Alien kept him awake for many a night!
And then the 80’s happened. Rarely did Demetri have a conversation that didn’t revolve around a movie. He had subscriptions to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety all throughout college. He read anything that taught him more about the Movie Biz. Demetri graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Film and Broadcasting. He interned and worked at WBCN Radio which is where his 1st movie review occurred on air. The film was TURNER AND HOOCH. Demetri then worked at the Boston Phoenix where he worked alongside Film Critic Peter Keough providing capsule reviews. He got paid by the word while also working in Ad Sales. He left the publishing world to take a job in the Studio Distribution System at Universal Pictures.
He has since worked in the world of Exhibition and Production. He garnered his very first Film Credit on Robert Zemeckis’s CONTACT. You can find him in the credits under Staff Assistants-just don’t blink! From there, Demetri worked at Lionsgate for about a decade where he helped bring in the Theatrical Digital Age while at Technicolor. It was at Technicolor, where he helped Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro get their movie into AMC Theaters. Thus forged a relationship which pulled me back into the reviewing world. In 2013, he became a host on Anatomy of a Movie.
With over 500 movie dissections and interviews with the likes of John Ottman, under my belt, Demetri has become a regular on Meet the Movie Press where he talks about the movie industry with fellow LAOFCS members Simon Thompson and Scott Menzel. During the day, Demetri works for Market Force Information, a data/analytics company that provides Studios relevant information on their trailer play and audience reactions.
Favorite Films: The Lady Eve, Jaws, Bad News Bears, Halloween, Caddyshack, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, The Thing, Toy Story, Alien, and many, many more.
First Film You Ever Saw: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs