Founding partner of Backyard. Family man. Loves to ski. Made Super 8 films as a kid. Plays the drums. Moved Backyard from Chicago to LA a long time ago. Always looks ahead while staying true to his past. Loyal friend and smart businessman. Blair embodies every quality that Backyard was built on.
Z seems to develop a different passion on a weekly basis. He is currently studying the scientific methods for rebuilding a modern society after an Apocalyptic event (like the Big One he expects to hit at any minute). Based on this, you wouldn't expect him to be one of the most positive people on the planet, but he is. Last week, his obsession might have been the Texas Two Step or how to successfully grill a live Maine lobster. Also, he always tries to win the best costume prize at any themed party he goes to.
Kris is half Latvian and half Indian, and is without a doubt the real Most Interesting Man in the World. He is a single speed mountain bike enthusiast, and attacks the trails near his home in Topanga Canyon with happy abandon. He owns properties in the California mountains, Costa Rica, and Latvia. He likes to camp on Mexican beaches. If you have a question about anything, he has an answer for you. He hasn't repeated the same story twice in all of his years at Backyard.
Born and raised in New York, Emily moved to the West Coast in a quest to find the perfect cheeseburger. Seriously, she keeps a list. You might find her adventuring in South America, on a long run through her West Hollywood neighborhood or wielding a hammer with Habitat for Humanity. Still, she’ll drop whatever she’s doing for a great political debate. A fun fact about Emily: she can recite any oldies song ever created word for word. Test her – we dare you.
Often holed up in the accounting office crunching numbers for hours on end, James is a musician who loves to rock out at home with family and friends on his electric guitar. He’s got a dry and sarcastically wonderful sense of humor, goes for T-shirts and jeans vs. the accountant’s suit and tie, and is an amazing cook. Definitely not your typical numbers man.
Although she was born in Colorado, Daniella is a Parisian at heart. With a love for all things French, she is fulfilling her dream of fluently speaking the language of love and becoming a master of the French culinary arts when not cutting checks, adding up numbers, and dishing out petty cash to the production teams. With hopes of one day living in Paris, this gal has big dreams and courageous aspirations. She’s also a great pen pal.
Whether it's making things happen at work, building her own furniture, hand-crafting birthday presents that put everyone else's to shame, or putting together elaborate LEGO sets with her roommate, George - who just so happens to be a 6 year-old English Bulldog - Dawn is a maker. Which is why we couldn't be happier to have her on the production team here at Backyard. It has nothing to do with the fact that she has a mustache tattooed on her index finger. Nothing. Maybe nothing.
As a recent graduate of Temple University, Brian is an aspiring young commercial and music video director. When he's not collecting comic books or vinyl records, he is in hot pursuit of the perfect Philly cheesesteak here in LA… with limited results. Animation enthusiast. Rap music aficionado. Brian is also eagerly awaiting the Flyers' (long overdue) third Stanley Cup.
Elvin is our resident Puerto Rican. He loves movies; especially bad movies, and movies from the 1980's… which are sometimes synonymous. You'll either find him helping out in accounting or managing our library of digital work. Elvin's girl Alex, our former receptionist, brought this bundle of joy into our lives. Stop by and say hi.
From backpacking in Europe to solo cross country drives, Mary is an adventurer. After living in New York City and Nashville, she has returned home to Southern California and joined the Backyard team. She’s a “people person.” There are no strangers in her book, just new pals to be made. You’ll probably find her enjoying the outdoors, tearin’ up the dance floor in a hip hop class, or following puppy accounts on Instagram.