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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 Collinwood."

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 Endings."

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