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 typical 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. 

BRE recently relocated from NYC to Austin, Texas for its experienced talent pool, prevailing local tax incentives, lower production costs, and more family-oriented Texas lifestyle. Our studios offer the full complement of video and editing 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.

All unscripted. All the time

Colby Gaines is one of the top storytellers in entertainment, most well known for co-creating cable’s longest-running hit show, Pawn Stars. BRE’s current slate of partners includes major streamers, A-list celebrities, and companies like Mediapro and Sony 360 Audio, among many others.

With a focus on compelling stories that are family-friendly, evergreen, and unifying, BRE media spans across television, film, digital, and podcasting platforms. Our 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 a drive 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).

Paige Weissman Gaines


Paige has been involved with Back Roads Entertainment since its inception in 2011, but only came on board working in development during the pandemic. With over a decade of experience in production, her career has spanned numerous unscripted genres, including her start in talk TV to municipal cable programming to Emmy-nominated doc-series. She continues to work full time in the office and from home, also managing three rambunctious Gaines children. She is also an extremely outspoken advocate for the Autism and special needs community.

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.

Valerie Grandjean

Executive Assistant

Valerie Grandjean is a class of ’22 Texas A&M Graduate. She has worked in many aspects of the production industry including physical production, locations management, and television & radio development. Valerie joined Back Roads in the spring of ’23 as the Executive Assistant. 

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:


Back Roads Entertainment also operates a TEA approved practicum course for local high school students. Contact us to find out more.


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