Sophie Lise Hannibal is a writer, director, producer, poet, photographer, collage artist, deejay, and muse. Originally from New York City, she spent her childhood in St. Louis, New York, and Los Angeles, in a creative family of actors, musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs. She studied music and communications at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she learned how to draw Woody Woodpecker from Walter Lantz. She also studied marketing and zoology at UCLA, and philosophy at Oxford.
In her first job at Redken Laboratories, Sophie helped develop and produce hairstyling shows around the country. Following Redken, she held posts at Rogers & Cowan Public Relations, working on accounts like the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Graceland; and at Cineplex Odeon Films in post-production and distribution marketing where she worked on film releases like The Glass Menagerie (directed by Paul Newman), and Prince: Sign of the Times. She also helped launch what was then the largest cinema multiplex in the world at Universal City.
Sophie then spent several years at Variety Club, an international children’s charity supported by the entertainment industry—first as program director, creating and producing a wide range of outreach programs and fundraisers, including benefits honoring Martin Scorsese and Prince Edward. Then, as National Fundraising Director, she worked extensively with the motion picture industry to develop and implement the charity’s successful Gold Heart campaign, raising over
$2 million annually in North America.
Most recently, Sophie worked for DTS, the premier surround sound company, where she launched and marketed audio products and technologies for the motion picture and consumer electronics industries. She spent four years in the company's UK operation directing their European and international marketing, including collaborative projects at the Cannes Film Festival and IFA, the largest consumer electronics convention in the world. She also produced several of the company's highly coveted demo discs and theatrical trailers, high-profile trade shows, and award-winning marketing campaigns.
Always following her passions and creative inspiration, Sophie created and published a community magazine called West End; and has directed and produced many community theatre productions, public access television shows, and film revivals. As producer, director, set designer and stage manager, she has worked with the American Film Institute, the Hidden Hills Theatre, and the Inner City Cultural Center where she produced the critically-acclaimed dramatic work, Piano Bar, directed by Academy Award-nominee, Beah Richards. She has been a voting member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts), a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo, and an advocate for abused and neglected children. She recently made her stage acting debut in the original production Les Muses at Stage Dor Performance Space in Sausalito, a show that she also inspired and co-produced.
As founding director of La Muse Media+, Sophie is passionate about helping small businesses expand their real and virtual presences, engage new audiences, and build loyal and inspired communities.