From the heart of the
Back Roads.

We make stuff you want to watch®
Back Roads Entertainment was founded by Emmy-nominated Executive Producer
Colby Gaines in 2011.

From the heart of the Back Roads

We make stuff you want to watch®
Back Roads Entertainment was founded by Emmy-nominated Executive Producer Colby Gaines in 2011.

Not your average TV production company

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.
Based in New York and Austin, our dog and comedian friendly 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®. We sell to networks as diverse as BET, MTV, Food Network, DIY and Science Channel. We have also worked with agency partners to concept and produce innovative branded entertainment concepts and digital series.


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).

Jonathan Cane  

Head of Development

Prior to joining the Back Roads fold, he was VP of Development for BBC Worldwide Productions and FremantleMedia North America. He ushered original concepts into Fox, MTV, CW, Bravo, E!, GSN, Discovery, Oxygen, Style, Lifetime, VH1, National Geographic, TLC, We, Red Bull, and A&E. Jonathan got his start working at MTV News in 1998, and moved up through the MTV ranks where he ultimately served as show runner for a diverse slate of shows; delivering a total of over 250 hours of aired content. 

Samantha Jackson  

VP of Production

Samantha Jackson joined Back Roads Entertainment as VP of Production in June 2017 with over 15 years of International television experience.

Previously, Samantha had 6 successful years as Head of Production at Leopard USA where she oversaw the entire production slate, including over 900 episodes of House Hunters International for HGTV. Prior to that, Samantha resided in London and was responsible for over 200 hours of commissions and co-productions for Production Management at Discovery International Networks.

Amy Wallace  

Chief Operating Officer

Amy Wallace has been with Story Culture as the Chief Operations Officer since it's conception at the beginning of 2016. She has over 16 very successful years in the Film and TV industry, starting out in Auckland, New Zealand as a Producer's Assistant on Feature films. Her experience since then has born skills that compliment her role at Story Culture. Amy is also the Executive in Charge for Ish Entertainment over the past 7 years, working for almost every network in the states and responsible for millions of dollars in budgets.

Alexis O'Donnell  

Manager of Development

Alexis O’Donnell is a recent graduate from 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. Alexis joined the Back Roads Team in early 2018 as an intern before moving up the ranks to Manager of Development.

Courtney Parker 

Adaptive Studios

Courtney Parker Is currently the V.P. of Alternative Programming at Adaptive Studios and a producing partner of BRE. She worked for seven years with TV’s #1 franchise, Law & Order. Before joining Adaptive Studios, she also served as an EIC of Production at TV One for shows including Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction and their newest true crime series produced by Viola Davis, Two Sides. She worked as Executive/Co-Executive producing for Oxygen’s Three Days To Live, TV One’s Hollywood Divas, VH1's top-rated franchise, Love & Hip Hop and OWN’s It’s Not You, It’s Men with Rev Run & Tyrese. 

Join our journey

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

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