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From Dusk Till Dawn to Nickelodeon with Director Joe Menendez

This week on the show we have the very talented director Joe Menendez. Joe is an award-winning filmmaker of both a successful feature film director and a prolific television director/producer as well — having moved seamlessly between both mediums his entire career.

Joe Menendez has directed over 95 hours of television (both single and multi-camera), written a handful of teleplays, produced several TV series and films, and has directed eight feature films and TV movies so far. He is a multi-genre veteran of drama, action, comedy, family entertainment, horror and rom-com. His numerous and varied credits show that he is a skilled craftsman and an accomplished, versatile storyteller.

For this reason, I had to have him on the show. Joe Menendez is currently in post-production on Nickelodeon’s  LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, an action-adventure TV movie he directed for Nickelodeon, based on the popular game show of the same name, from the 1990s.

His last feature, the action/comedy, LADRONES (THIEVES), was released by Pantelion Films on October 9th, 2015, and received a CinemaScore of “A”. LADRONES is the sequel to his 2007 feature film LADRON QUE ROBA A LADRON (TO ROB A THIEF), which opened at the time to a record-grossing opening weekend at the box-office for a Spanish-language film in the U.S. Check out this very cool behind the scenes video of the film:

Joe Menendez has directed multiple episodes of the one-hour drama FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: The Series for Robert Rodriguez and his El Rey Network, multiples of the new Amazon Series JUST ADD MAGIC and the Prequel Series plus the “uncensored” episodes for the 2nd season of HULU’s hit drama series EAST LOS HIGH.

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Robert Rodriguez, Joe Menendez, and Carlos Coto

I also wanted to have him on the show to discuss what’s it like working with a filmmaking legend like Robert Rodriguez. He did not disappoint. His stories are AMAZING! Get ready and enjoy my conversation with Joe Menendez.

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