Backyard Productions signs Director/DP Max Gutierrez

1+ Backyard Productions announces that Award-winning Director/DP, Max Gutierrez, noted for his authentic lifestyle and warm family oriented work, has signed with the internationally acclaimed production house. With a passion for visual storytelling and capturing authentic slice of life moments, Max approaches his craft with a steadfast vision for finding the truth in a scene, … Continue reading “Backyard Productions signs Director/DP Max Gutierrez”

Chace Strickland returns to Backyard Productions

2+ One of the first directors to sign with Roy Skillicorn comes back to his old friends Director Chace Strickland, noted for his authentic lifestyle and warm family oriented work, has again signed with Backyard Productions. By making the move, Strickland rejoins his longtime friends, original founder / Managing Director, Roy Skillicorn, Executive Producer, Kris … Continue reading “Chace Strickland returns to Backyard Productions”

Patrick Creadon signs with Backyard Productions

3+ Award-winning, docu-style storyteller brings “captivating” talent to West Coast shop Culver City, CA-based production company, Backyard Productions, has signed director Patrick Creadon for exclusive U.S. commercial representation. Known for his strong visual approach and unique ability to draw authentic performances out of his subjects, Patrick marries bold and striking visuals with compelling storytelling. Based … Continue reading “Patrick Creadon signs with Backyard Productions”

Jake Sherry signs with Backyard Productions

3+ Renowned for his work with people, the director is “on his way to being a superstar,” according to CMO Roy Skillicorn Backyard Productions is pleased to welcome NY-based Director Jake Sherry to its roster. Recognized for his ability to tease out natural performances in both actors and real people, especially kids, Jake manages to … Continue reading “Jake Sherry signs with Backyard Productions”

Backyard Productions signs new Midwest, East Coast reps

4+ “The best, most progressive, culturally relevant reps that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.” Roy Skillicorn, Backyard Productions Backyard Productions welcomes Nathan Skillicorn of Heart, Brains and Nerve for Midwest representation, and Perry Schaffer and Corey Rogers of Schaffer/Rogers for East Coast representation. Backyard’s founder, Roy Skillicorn, who recently rejoined the … Continue reading “Backyard Productions signs new Midwest, East Coast reps”

Roy Skillicorn returns to Backyard Productions

9+ The former rep who helped put Chicago on the national production map while building a $50 million company brings it all back home. Roy Skillicorn is back leading Backyard Productions, the company he founded and guided for 20+ years, recently partnering with Kevin Allodi, President & CEO of Philo Media, which acquired Backyard in … Continue reading “Roy Skillicorn returns to Backyard Productions”

Hugo Awards to honor Backyard Productions

Twenty years ago this fall, Roy Skillicorn, who was at the peak of his career as a top print and motion rep, and his friend, director Blair Stribley, whose young commercial company had recently dissolved, were at Skillicorn’s home talking about the production company they planned to start.

“What should we call it?” they pondered as they sat and sipped lemonade in Skillcorn’s backyard.

And Backyard Productions it was.

Flash forward to April 22, 2009.

Backyard adds director Julia Ngeow to roster

1+ Backyard Productions announced today the addition of Julia Ngeow to their roster of acclaimed directors and producers. CEO Kevin Allodi and Executive Producer Kris Mather are thrilled to bring forth Julia’s storytelling talent for commercial representation. Julia’s passion for filmmaking is originally based on her own explorations of the human condition and background in … Continue reading “Backyard adds director Julia Ngeow to roster”

Backyard signs ‘Renaissance Man’ Anthony Furlong

5+ Interdisciplinary Director Anthony Furlong has joined the evolving and expanding roster at Backyard Production. Anthony brings his diverse expertise as a live action Director, VFX/graphic artist, and animation director to the creative alliance. Often, two or more of these genres are included as part of his films. With a background as an actor, programmer, … Continue reading “Backyard signs ‘Renaissance Man’ Anthony Furlong”

Backyard signs Jeff Aron Lable

4+ Production shop hires LA director known for working with celebrities and creating “awkwardly funny” humorous vignettes Production company Backyard Productions has announced the addition of award-winning Los Angeles-based director Jeff Aron Lable to its roster for both US commercial spot representation and content creation. A humor director with a flair for strong art direction … Continue reading “Backyard signs Jeff Aron Lable”

Director Greg Popp swings into Backyard

5+ Former DDB Chicago Senior Vice President brings top-notch comedy and celebrity experience to LA- and Chicago-based production house Greg Popp has joined Backyard Production’s roster, bringing his seasoned comedy and performance skills to a smart, enthusiastic team. Popp and Backyard CMO Roy Skillicorn have had a strong personal and professional relationship for more than … Continue reading “Director Greg Popp swings into Backyard”

LA-based director/writer Ashley Avis joins Backyard

4+ The multi-disciplined pro offers the versatility and enthusiasm that have become the company’s hallmarks Busy commercial and feature director Ashley Avis has followed Managing Director Roy Skillicorn’s to Backyard Productions. The move complements the support that Skillicorn has shown Avis throughout her career and reinforces Backyard’s climb to the top. Avis has written and … Continue reading “LA-based director/writer Ashley Avis joins Backyard”

Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves

8+ Ewan McGregor joins RSA as commercial director RSA Films president Jules Daly announced Monday that “The Force” is now with RSA as former Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor, has joined the Ridley Scott-owned company. The acclaimed film, theatre and TV actor, who won a Golden Globe this year for Best Actor in FX’s Fargo, joined … Continue reading “Ewan McGregor, Backyard, Whitehouse industry moves”

The town is jumping with movie and TV projects; Backyard’s Kevin Smith shoots a short this week

DIRECTOR KEVIN SMITH of Backyard Productions of L.A. and Chicago departs from his role of directing commercials to helm a 20-minute short titled “Bubblerama” around town this week. Leigh Jones is producing.

The story is about a young woman played by actress Annie Paresse, a bohemian artist type, who reinvents herself during the process of researching an upscale life style.

“Bubblerama” will head for the festival circuit when completed.

Former DDB GCD Immesoete does double-duty at Backyard’s new Seed content company

Backyard Productions is never one to stand still, always finding a new way to serve emerging trends?like its newly-formed Seed, a content company led by former DDB award-winning group creative director John Immesoete.

Immesoete is Seed partner/creative director and also a director for Backyard.

Seed will concentrate on “entertainment opportunities such as TV shows and Web-based films,” said Backyard partner/principal Roy Skillicorn.

Since signing with Backyard in December, Immesoete directed the “Lady” Bud Light Super Bowl spot in collaboration with DDB.

Two companies combine with a Mighty good idea

Backyard Productions and Optimus are sharing their mighty resources in a newly formed “creative production home,” operating autonomously out of Backyard’s Venice, California office.  

Backyard president Blair Stribley and Optimus president Tom Duff and his partners on Feb. 1 launched Mighty Film Co., as a separate new venture.  The two companies will share some overhead.

Around the New Year, Stribley says he approached Duff about a possible new venture.  “He got interested in it quickly and we decided to partner,” Stribley says.

Seed adds Director/Photographer, Sam Ciurdar

2+ Roy Skillicorn, owner and EP of Seed, envisions Sam Ciurdar making it big. “Sam has an artist’s eye for beautiful imagery that blends perfectly with his vision as a director and his interest in compelling storytelling. A true visual thinker and focused artist, he is the right fit for us.  His films capture emotion within the … Continue reading “Seed adds Director/Photographer, Sam Ciurdar”

Director, Mat Fuller joins Seed’s award winning roster

3+ Seed adds Emmy nominated VFX artist, Mat Fuller, to their award-winning directorial roster. Fuller has worked as an on-set Visual Effects Supervisor, a live-action Director, and a Creative Director.   Following the model Seed established in 2011, each director on the roster has his or her own production company that does direct-to-client work. Mat owns Dark Matter FX. It will … Continue reading “Director, Mat Fuller joins Seed’s award winning roster”

Director Magellan Rubin sets sail with Seed

2+ Powerful storyteller “blends narrative sense with an impeccable eye for visual detail” Writer-Director Magellan Rubin has joined the directorial roster at Seed Media Arts’. Inspired by a passion for telling emotionally charged stories that are both visually distinctive and powerfully delivered, Magellan “blends narrative sense with an impeccable eye for visual detail,” according to … Continue reading “Director Magellan Rubin sets sail with Seed”