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 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 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).
VP of Development
Bret is a WGA-award winning writer and producer, recently taking home the 2020 WGA Award for his outstanding work on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. He spent 15 years as a freelancer in unscripted television, working on projects such as Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (FOX, Nickelodeon), World’s Best (CBS), TKO (CBS),To Tell The Truth (ABC), Funderdome (ABC), Biggest Loser (USA), Minute To Win It (GSN), Winsanity (GSN) and The Chase (GSN) among many others. More recently he served 2 years as VP of Unscripted Development for MGM before moving to Austin and joining the Back Roads team.
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.
Manager of Development
Alexis O’Donnell joined the Back Roads Team as an intern before moving up the ranks to Manager 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.
Darbie Angell built her lifestyle brand from the ground up and is now in retailers such as Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Dillard’s, as well as smaller home stores and boutiques across the nation. Since then, it has been an amazing journey of living boldly, pushing herself through obstacles, and passionately working to make an impact in the world.
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.
Mike Parris was born and raised in Newark, NJ. He is a retired lieutenant from Newark Police Department, where he was a supervisor in several specialized units including Homicide, Robbery and Internal Affairs. Parris holds a degree in Business Management and is also a film and TV producer. For more than 20 years he has been and continues to be a business partner and close advisor to NBA Hall of Famer and superstar Shaquille O'Neal. In 1998, Parris partnered with PR Partners to oversee the SHAQ BRAND. He has been a producer/co producer on "Shaquille O'Neal Presents" comedy franchise, "Shaq Vs" (2009-2010), "30 for 30" (2016), and feature films including "Steps" (2017) and "Foster Boy" (2019).
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