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ANTHONY and JOE RUSSO (Directors) were born
a year apart in Cleveland, Ohio, where they grew up on the
east side, and graduated from Benedictine High School before embarking on their
film careers (Anthony in
'88 and Joe in '89). In 1994, they used credit cards and student loans to
finance "Pieces," an experimental
comedy about a criminally inclined trio of brothers. They shot the film in and
around Cleveland with the help
of numerous friends and family. Their gamble paid off when the film screened at
both the Slamdance and
American Film Institute festivals in 1997, earning Joe Russo a Best Actor award
for the latter.
The Slamdance screening caught the attention of filmmaker Steven Soderbergh,
who along with his producing
partner George Clooney, asked to produce the brothers' second film, the crime
comedy "Welcome to
Kevin Reilly was rebuilding the FX network when he first saw "Welcome to
Collinwood," and he asked the pair
to direct the pilot for his new flagship comedy, "Lucky." Set in downtown Las
Vegas, the Russos used handheld
camera work and a guerilla shooting style to capture the edgy, absurdist tone of
the show, producing a pilot
that became an industry favorite.
Among the pilot's fans was Imagine Entertainment co-founder Ron Howard, who,
along with writer Mitch
Hurwitz, were both looking to take the well-worn situation comedy in a new
direction. The Russo brothers'
penchant for experimentation seemed the perfect fit for Howard's desire to get
the sitcom out of the soundstage
and into the streets.
By shooting "Arrested Development" on advanced HD cameras and minimizing the
need for complex lighting
and crews, the Russo brothers not only opened up a whole new world of creative
possibilities, but provided
the style for Hurwitz's self-conscious, rapid-fire writing. A significant gamble
for all involved, it paid off at that
year's Emmy awards where Hurwitz won Best Writing, the Russo brothers won Best
Directing, and "Arrested
Development" won for Best Comedy Series. Though "Arrested Development" would
ultimately be canceled
after just three seasons, few could deny the impact or innovation that earned
the series a dedicated critical
and cult following.
The Russo brothers have also directed numerous pilot episodes across a
variety of networks including "LAX,"
"What About Brian," "Carpoolers" and "Running Wilde."
Anthony and Joe Russo most recently served as executive producers on NBC's
"Community" and ABC's "Happy
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