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Ben Lobato is a showrunner, writer, and co-executive producer for Queen of the South. He is also a story editor, filmmaker, and playwright. He is represented by WME, Echo Lake Management [1].

Personal Life[]

Benjamin Daniel Lobato grew up in south San Diego. He spent six years in the Army as a Military Police Officer, and three years in the elite Joint Counter/Narco-Terrorism Task Force. [2]

  He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and B.A. degrees in Creative Writing and Media Arts from the University of Arizona. 


  • Queen of the South as a supervising producer, producer, co-producer, executive producer, and writer
  • Ice as a supervising producer
  • Shades of Blue as an executive story editor and writer
  • Gang Related as a story editor and writer
  • Against the Wall as a writer
  • Justified as a writer
  • Three Breaths (Short) (original screenplay) 
  • Stealing Home (Short) (screenplay) 
  • The Unit as a writer

Awards and Nominations[]

  • For FX's series Justified, Lobato and the rest of the writing staff received a WGA Nomination for Best New Series.
  • His short film Mariposa Canyon was a regional competitor at the annual Student Academy Awards.
  • Imagen Award for Best Short Film,
  • The Best Director Award at the Latin USA Film Festival
  • Audience Choice award at the Denver International Film Festival. 
  • Lobato’s play Soldier in the Eclipse was a winner of the Fifth Annual National Hispanic Playwriting Festival; and he was a recipient of the Goldberg Playwriting Fellowship.


“Most people believe that drugs come into this country from Mexico and South America through Miami,” said Lobato. “But the truth is Miami is inundated with DEA agents, so drug dealers go elsewhere... Louisiana is now the corridor for drugs coming into the States for the entire East Coast of this country. As the Queen moves her cocaine operation up the Eastern Seaboard, New Orleans has become her new base of operation... We opened episode one this June with a shot from the interior and exterior of the Roosevelt Hotel, and the queen’s swanky and decadent new residence is actually the penthouse at the new Standard Hotel in the CBD," said New Orleanian Stephen LeBlanc, the show's location manager. “We may all deal with a little inconvenience from time to time shooting on location, but TV shows like this really allow us to showcase our city.”[3]

Behind the Scenes Photos[]