Award-Winning filmmaker Joe Russo has seen his short films featured in festivals both domestically and internationally, garnering praise from top film critics. His years of production experience include work on commercials, web-series, television and feature films for such companies as Nike, FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios.
Most recently, Joe worked at Level 1 Entertainment, with CEO and Hollywood producer, Bill Todman, Jr. (X-Men, Wild Wild West), as its Director of Development, heading up a slate of feature films and television programs, working hand-in-hand with major motion picture studios and television networks such as Fox, MGM, Showtime, SyFy, History and Amazon.
During his time at Level 1, Joe worked on projects with talent like Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison, the creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the writer of Academy Award winner A Beautiful Mind, the writer of Black Hawk Down, the creator of The X-Files and the director of Captain America.
Joe has been recognized for his “firm grasp of the craft, solid storytelling, and compelling characters,” working with writers to develop many acclaimed projects over the last several years which have been selected by film and television executives for the Young & Hungry List, The Hit List and The Black List - Hollywood’s most prestigious list of the best unproduced screenplays.
Out of seven thousand entries, Joe and his writing partner, Chris LaMont, placed Top Ten for the Horror/Thriller category in the 2015 Final Draft Big Break competition - one of the world’s largest screenwriting contests.
In 2016, the writing team was named one of the Top 100 New Writers working in Hollywood on the Young & Hungry List by industry peers. Their feature script Soul Mates was selected by film and television executives as one of the year's Top Ten Horror Scripts on The Blood List and one of the best overall scripts on The Hit List.
Joe is currently a Development Consultant for Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler’s MX Productions, advising the company on their new feature film division and their first-look television deal with Lionsgate Entertainment.
Joe is repped by The Gersh Agency, Hollander Entertainment and Morris Yorn.