Award-winning writer/director/producer Joe Russo began his career at Level 1 Entertainment under producer Bill Todman, Jr. (X-MEN, WILD WILD WEST), working his way up to Director of Development, where he managed a slate of feature films and television series, working hand-in-hand with major motion picture studios and television networks such as Fox, MGM, Showtime, SyFy, History, and Amazon. Joe then served as a Development Consultant for Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler’s MX Productions, advising the company on their feature film division and their first-look television deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, where they produced the pilot TRACKS for Spike TV.
As a director, Joe’s award-winning short TAKE-OUT appeared in the horror anthology feature DARK, DEADLY, & DREADFUL, released on Amazon. He also directed the Valentine’s Day short BE MINE for Eli Roth and Jason Blum’s Crypt TV and the acclaimed short MIDNIGHT CLEAR, which launched on Entertainment Weekly and was later acquired by Gunpowder & Sky for release on their digital platform, Alter. Joe most recently wrapped production on his feature-length directorial debut THE AU PAIR, an independent thriller which he co-wrote. The movie is scheduled for release in 2020.
As a producer, Shudder recently released Joe's horror anthology feature NIGHTMARE CINEMA, starring Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER), featuring segments directed by acclaimed filmmakers like Joe Dante (GREMLINS) and David Slade (AMERICAN GODS). The movie was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of "2019’s Best Horror Films” and received positive reviews in The LA Times and Variety, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it “a gore-crazed romp boasting gruesome fun” and Richard Roeper crowning it “the bloodiest, most violent, most gruesome, and most twisted movie I’ve seen this year.”
Joe has several upcoming producing projects in the pipeline with studios like Netflix, MGM, Skydance, and more, including the “HULK HOGAN" biopic starring Chris Hemsworth and THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER, a book adaptation being written and directed by Academy Award Winner Peter Farrelly (GREEN BOOK).
Joe has frequently been recognized for his work with writers, developing many acclaimed screenplays over the last several years — including his own — which have been selected by film and television executives for the Young & Hungry List, The Blood List, The Hit List, and The Black List.
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