From the heart of
the Back Roads

Life. Lived. Remarkably.
Back Roads Entertainment was founded by Emmy-nominated Executive Producer Colby Gaines in 2011.

Not your average content production studio

As founder, Colby Gaines knows the back roads of life are littered with funny moments and compelling experiences. Moments that make engaging stories; stories waiting to be told. We find them and tell them.

BRE recently relocated from NYC to Austin, Texas to utilize prevailing local tax incentives, its experienced talent pool, lower production costs, and more family-oriented Texas lifestyle. Our studios offer the full complement of video and edit equipment to execute everything in-house. We develop, sell and produce across all genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and internationally, as well as digital platforms.

Scripted Entertainment to Branded Content
From scripted entertainment such as 50 Central and Joking Off, to reality formats Big Bad BBQ Brawl and Lake Life, we make stuff you want to watch®.

BRE focuses on compelling stories that are family-friendly, evergreen, and unifying. Media covered includes television, film, digital, and podcasting. Genres include food, home, comedy, games, and sports. BRE’s talent is a mix of A-list celebrities and home-grown stars.
Meet the team
The back roads team has years of experience producing ratings-topping TV shows, entertaining branded content, music videos, and digital series. We’ve built a team that includes strategic partners from all walks of life, who share a love of comedy, a passion for original storytelling and are driven to produce highest quality content.

Colby Gaines

​Colby Gaines is an Emmy-nominated executive producer and founder of Back Roads Entertainment responsible for the company’s programming, development and day-to-day operations.
Since establishing the company in 2011, Colby Gaines has created, sold and produced over 30 series, specials and pilots for networks such as such as A&E, Lifetime, Discovery, Food, Travel Channel, TLC and E! among others. Previously, he was the co-founder and owner of Leftfield Pictures, co-creating the juggernaut hit Pawn Stars (History).

Alexis O'Donnell

Sr Director of Development

Alexis O’Donnell joined the Back Roads Team as an intern before moving up the ranks to Sr Director of Development. She’s a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she majored in Storytelling and Engagement for the Modern Entertainment Industry, with a minor in producing.

CJ Felux

Executive Assistant

Charles (CJ) Felux grew up in rural Texas with aspirations for the city life. He moved to Austin and soon began working at film startup New Republic Studios as the Production Manager. Out of one of the offices, he started his production company, Space Horse Media, which lead him to start directing music videos, corporate work, and animation. You’ll find him currently working on producing an animated short with his team.

Endyia Kinney-Sterns

Strategic Partner

With over 20 years of Entertainment and Television experience, Endyia Kinney-Sterns is an accomplished television producer and network executive. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing new programming for various networks, including OWN, VH1, BET, CBS, NBC, HGTV, and production companies such as A Smith & Co. Production Company and Arnold Shapiro Productions just to name a few.

Join our journey

​We are always on the look-out for new talented, hard-working folks that share our vision.

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Back Roads Entertainment is committed to nurturing those entering the production community. As a premier ATX production company, we offer internships on a part-time basis and school credit is required. If you’re interested, send your resume and contact info to:

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