Stage & Backlot Operations

Under the direction of Willi Schmidt, Vice President of Stage & Backlot Operations, Universal Studios provides a designated Stage & Backlot Representative to every production client that shoots on the lot. Each representative acts as a liaison between all of the studio services departments and the production, making any question or issue only a phone call away. The Stage & Backlot team provides production clients years of experience and expertise, along with unmatched service in a timely fashion.

Production Representatives
Willi Schmidt
Vice President, Stage & Backlot Operations
Willi Schmidt

Willi Schmidt is Vice President, Stage & Backlot Operations for NBCUniversal’s Universal Studios Operations organization.  In this role, Schmidt oversees aspects of production support for all of the sound stages and Backlot locations.  Schmidt works with the Stage & Backlot Operations Production Representatives to ensure internal and external clients receive “best-in-class” service, enabling all clients to successfully complete their production projects on time and on budget.  Schmidt also works closely with NBCUniversal Television helping to maximize the availability of stages & backlot space for NBC television shows.  Schmidt reports to Michael Moore, President & General Manager, Universal Studio Operations, NBCUniversal.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Schmidt served as Vice President, Studio Operations, Raleigh Studios Playa Vista, where he oversaw the daily operations of the Studio, including P & L responsibility.  Schmidt’s previous assignment included the role as Executive Vice President, Studio Equipment Services for Raleigh Studios Hollywood and Raleigh Studios Manhattan Beach.

Schmidt resides in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife and daughter.

 

Roger Ferrin
Director, Stage & Backlot Operations
Roger Ferrin

Roger Ferrin joined the Stage and Backlot Operations department in 2013.  He began his career in the entertainment industry in 1997 as an Production Assistant on the feature film Gattaca.  Roger relocated to Miami to work as an assistant production supervisor and 2nd AD on a multitude of commercials for the American and Latin American markets.  In 2000, he moved back to Los Angeles to work with MTV as the Unit Manager for news and special events.   He traveled the globe with MTV managing high profile live broadcast events such as Video Music Awards (VMA) and the MTV Movie Awards.  Following his passion, Ferrin returned to commercials for several more years working as production supervisor in Los Angeles until 2012 when he returned to television wth NBC’s Hollywood Game Night. 

Roger is currently a Production Services Representative working with NBCUniversal Television and 3rd party clients.  Roger currently Reps NBC’s Superstore, Hollywood Game Night, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Colony & The Red Nose Day Telethon.

Kyle Beck
Production Services Representative
Kyle Beck

Kyle Beck began his career with Universal Studios in 2010, as a Studio Tour Guide with the theme park. With a deep knowledge and passion for film and television, Kyle was promoted to serve as a top-tier VIP guide and trainer, tour emcee, and as a private celebrity escort for many high-profile guests visiting the park.

His experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the lot brought him to Stage and Backlot Operations in 2014. After climbing the ranks in a new department, he currently works a Production Services Representative, servicing shows like The Good Place, E! News, STEVE, while also working with countless other commercials, still shoots, and music videos. He has also worked on several exciting features including “Bird Box”, “First Man”, “Welcome to Marwen” and “The Laundromat”. Kyle works hard to contribute to and continue the legacy of excellent customer service that the studio is known for.

He received his Bachelor of the Arts degree in 2009 from the University of San Diego.  

 

Maleah Butcher
Production Services Representative
Maleah Butcher

Maleah Butcher has been involved in the entertainment industry for over a decade.  She graduated from college with a photography degree and moved to Los Angeles from Williamsburg Virginia, in 2008.  Maleah began working for WireImage, photographing celebrities then transforming her career and jumping into production. She began her TV career working as a transcriber on the hit show Hell's Kitchen.  She loved the energy and fast pace of the production world, and sought out every opportunity to learn the art and science of making great film and television.  In pursuit of that goal Maleah worked as a production assistant working her way up to line producer on a variety of award winning shows including Hell's Kitchen, Face Off, The Amazing Race, Hollywood Game Night, The Wall, American Ninja Warrior, and The Cowboy Way Alabama amongst many others.

As a Production Services Representative with NBCUniversal, Maleah has worked on commercials for multinational brands like Netflix, Dr. Pepper, Walmart and Ford, music videos for artists such as Taylor Swift and Christina Aguilera, TV shows like Good Girls, I Feel Bad, Making It, Dirty John and features including The Purge and Hobbs and Shaw.

She continues to excel at NBCUniversal by maintaining her steadfast passion and love for the ever challenging industry.

Adam Worth
Production Services Representative
Adam Worth

Originally from Chicago, Adam graduated from Marquette University in 2006 with a degree in Broadcasting and TV Production.  He got his start at ESPN in Chicago working as a production coordinator on shows like "Around the Horn" and "Pardon the Interruption."  After four years in sports TV he decided to take his talents to the west coast and get into the entertainment industry.

In 2011, Adam began grinding for years as a TV production assistant all over L.A. working in production offices, art departments and sound stages on most of the major studio lots, until he landed a permanent position on NBC's "The Voice."  While working 16 seasons of the show, Adam worked his way up to Production Manager where he worked closely with the Universal Studios Stage and Backlot Operations team. 

That experience led him to join the team as a Production Representative in 2019 and he is now the Production rep for "The Voice" among other various productions.  Adam's well rounded experience in production is a vital asset in servicing all types of clients - from TV to commercials, music videos and feature films.

 

Kendra Hathaway
Production Services Representative
Kendra Hathaway

Kendra Hathaway attended the University of Central Florida, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Radio Television Production, and a Minor in Cinema Studies.

After graduation, Kendra made the move out to Los Angeles, starting out her professional career working as a full-time Production and Wardrobe Assistant for the television show Extra. The unique experience she acquired working in entertainment news is what led her to NBCUniversal, where she accepted the role as Studio Operations and Field Crew Coordinator in November, 2014. In her first position within the company, Kendra was responsible for the full-time coordination and scheduling of all control room and field crews needed for the television shows E! News and Access Hollywood, as well as countless other internal and external Digital, Marketing, Red Carpet, Award Shows, and Live Event Productions including E!'s The Rundown, What the Fashion, Daily Pop, Nightly Pop, E! Live from the Red Carpet, Fashion Police, and The Soup.

In October of 2019, just before hitting her 5-year milestone with the company, Kendra made the transition into Stage and Backlot Operations after accepting the role as a Production Services Representative. In just 4 months' time, Kendra has worked on countless commercial, music video, and television production shoots utilizing both stages and backlot locations, she has become a vital asset to the department.

Follow us on Social Media
06.27.20
This shot perfectly captures a hot #summer day on the Lot - #cowboys finding the shade near Western street!
View Comments
06.27.20
A behind-the-scenes shot from a past Jurassic World #promo shoot.
View Comments
06.25.20
The #lighting detail and #decor style for this "priceless" cocktail party last October were perfectly set in Pocket Park!
View Comments
06.24.20
WESTERN STREET #location #western #wildwest #southwest #onlocation
View Comments
06.23.20
Wonder what those orange & black zig zag outfits were used for?
View Comments
06.22.20
It's been 45 years since the release of "Jaws" so we thought we'd share some pieces from the NBCUniversal Archives & Collections inventory.
View Comments
06.19.20
Evening #car commercial shoot on New York Street back in 2017. #tbt #commercial #nightshoot #rig #trailer
View Comments
06.17.20
A little outdoor #furniture inspiration for your backyard provided by the Property department! #props #yard #relax #inspire
View Comments