Amanda Weisenthal has been working in entertainment since graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. She has worked as both a scout, assistant and manager in locations, and has worked on feature films and episodic TV with companies such as HBO, Showtime, Netflix, and Paramount Pictures. Her projects have ranged from the TV show Ray Donovan to the feature film Twister.
Amanda understands the needs of a wide array of clients, from the requirements for a film crew to the needs for your back office. Her wide array of knowledge in the industry and background in scouting and locations made her the perfect candidate for Head of Productions and Operations at Backlot.
Amanda was the first hire at Backlot in 2019 and is very excited to continue to grow the company in NYC and beyond.
A native New Yorker — born and raised in Queens — Erick brings 8 years of invaluable film and television experience to Backlot. His expertise includes managing and scouting for acclaimed series such as Showtime’s “Billions,” Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” USA’s “The Sinner,” and Starz’s “The Power Book II: Ghost.” In pursuit of his passion for scouting and finding the perfect locations, Erick has also obtained a license as a Real Estate Agent in New York State.
Erick works closely with our Head of Production, Amanda Weisenthal, overseeing production requests and managing the New York and New Jersey divisions.
With over ten years of experience in the film and TV industry, Aaron’s career has been defined by delivering strategic support as Location Manager and Scout, with representative production credits including Transformers 3 & 4, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Just Mercy, Ford vs. Ferrari and Netflix’s Stranger Things
Aaron is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and real estate investor. As a long-term resident of Georgia, he is well poised to foster the expansion of Backlot to the Atlanta, GA area.
Beyond his career highlights, Aaron’s greatest joys come from his loved ones – his wife, Erin, and his new daughter, Edison.
Kimbrad was born and raised in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and migrated to New York City in 2001. Kimbrad has worked in the production and entertainment industries on the accounting side for over 20 years. Outside of work, Kimbrad loves to travel and explore with his young family.
Alden joined Atlantic Pictures in 2012 where he is the Head of Production and Development and runs day-to-day operations for its Film/TV, branded content, and corporate production businesses. Alden helped found Backlot and oversees its finances and branding.
Patricia was born and raised in Queens, New York. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, she returned to New York City and wasted no time in entering the film industry with an unrivaled passion and motivation. Patricia has worked on various platforms, such as reality shows, commercials, independent films, to name a few and continues to push herself in an ever moving and kinetic industry. For the last decade, she has worked as a scout, assistant and manager in locations, and has worked on feature films and episodic TV with companies such as NBC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, and Netflix, to name a few.
Chris has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years and brings a creative spirit and a wealth of production know-how to any project he takes on. His feature producing credits at Atlantic include writer/director Saverio Costanzo’s HUNGRY HEARTS, Peter Glanz’s THE LONGEST WEEK, Brant Sersen’s SPLINTERHEADS, and Tom O’Brien’s FAIRHAVEN. In 2010 he made his first foray into writing and directing for brands with Chief Household Officer, a branded entertainment web series, which Atlantic produced in partnership with Howcast for Hewlett Packard and Youtube. Prior to starting Atlantic, he spent the first decade of his career working freelance as a line producer, location manager, production manager, and in other capacities on dozens of feature films, television shows, and commercials.
Ian Steiner has been in the real estate industry since he began his studies at New York University. His experience spans construction, property, and asset management, acquisitions, sales, and prop tech. Ian’s growing portfolio amasses concrete skills such as sourcing deals, negotiation, and an extensive rolodex of essential landlords. Ian joins Backlot to expand its current portfolio, both in NYC and across the country.
Darren is proud to be born and raised a New York City kid. After graduating from the George Washington University, Darren worked his way through the trenches of the NYC indie film scene and started producing in 2002. His first feature as a producer, Manito, premiered at Sundance and was nominated for several Independent Spirit awards. Darren spent the next five years producing low budget films and handling the US production for international productions that would shoot in the States. In 2007 Darren partnered with Chris Marsh and opened Atlantic Pictures in order to produce smart films with broad appeal, as well as commercials and branded entertainment. Films produced by Atlantic have gone on to win awards at Cannes, Toronto, Venice, and other major festivals.