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.
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.
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.
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.
After receiving a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Rachel worked in a number of capacities in film and television production. Her experience spans from major networks including NBC, HBO, and CBS to highly regarded luxury brands such as Prada, Vogue, and LVMH. With a background rooted in physical production and accounting, she joins the Backlot team in an operational and financial role. Currently, she is pursuing an MBA at the Stern School of Business.
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.
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.
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.
After graduating from the University of Alabama with a BA in Telecommunications and Film, Kate Pride moved to New York to pursue a career in production.
After graduating from Skidmore College, Paige returned to her hometown of Brooklyn, New York and is Backlot’s Executive Assistant.