A Conversation with Director Benjamin Lobato

July 14, 2021 A DGA Latino Committee Virtual Event

On July 14, the Latino Committee’s meeting featured a conversation with Director Benjamin Lobato.

Moderated by Director Eli Gonda (Sid is Dead), Lobato discussed topics including his work as a Co-Executive Producer on Queen of the South, joining the Guild with his recent first episode as a Director, and Latino representation in the industry. Following the moderated portion of the event, he took questions from the online audience.

As the co-showrunner of Queen of the South, Lobato is one of the few Mexican-American showrunners working today. His directorial credits include the Queen of the South episode “Todo Lo Que Toco,” which was chosen to represent the series for Emmy consideration this year; as well as the short films Three Breaths, Stealing Home and Mariposa Canyon. Before beginning his career in television, he served as a Military Police Officer and a member of the Joint Counter-Narco-Terrorism Task Force. Lobato joined the DGA in 2021.


The Latino Committee was created as a networking group to advance career and job opportunities for Latino DGA members by improving craft skills, networking, and making Latinos better known to the Hollywood creative community. The current LC Co-Chairs are Directors Regina Ainsworth and Edward Ornelas and Second Assistant Director Alicia Zaragoza.

See video from this event in the gallery below.

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