Founded in 2012, Roller Coaster Road is the brainchild of documentary producer, Steve Burns. Since 2018, Roller Coaster Road Productions has continued his legacy under executive producers, writers and directors, Sarah Burns and Alex Sherratt. Friends since film school, this dynamic duo now boasts over 10 years of experience producing non-fiction programming for networks like Showtime, A&E, Discovery, National Geographic (and many more). Then together they conceived and produced numerous series and one-off documentaries in a few short years. Together, these business partners bring fresh creative vision and practical know-how to Roller Coaster Road Productions.
Steve Burns’s career spans more than 25 years from National Geographic cinematographer & producer to senior executive positions at Discovery Networks, returning to National Geographic as EVP of Global Content for NGC worldwide. Over the years his teams have been nominated for two Academy Awards, received over 200 Emmy nominations, including dozens of wins, and also were given two Peabody Awards. Programming highlights include Titanic Live, Raising the Mammoth, Five Years on Mars, Great Migrations and Brain Games. Recently, Burns was Managing Director for Roller Coaster Road Productions. Highlights include Cosmic Shore for NOVA, Dads on Ice for Nat Geo Wild, Tipping Points for TWC, Cruise Ship Down for Smithsonian Channel and Gold Mountain for CCTV and Documentary Channel.
Sarah V Burns
Co-Owner / Executive Producer
Thanks to her filmmaker father, Sarah V Burns has had a camera in hand since she was 3 years old. After graduating college with a degree in Psychology, Anthropology and Film, Sarah found herself at Original Productions, working under the guidance of Thom Beers.
She's produced / directed some of TV's top hits for networks including the Emmy award-winning season of "Project Runway" for Lifetime, "The Circus" for Showtime, "King Tut's Hidden Chamber" for National Geographic, "Finding Escobar's Millions" for Discovery Channel, and "Game of Arms" for AMC. For top tier production companies, like Original Productions, Lucky 8, and Arrow Media, Sarah has helped to develop, write, cast and sell shows for Science Channel, A&E, History, and Travel Channel.
Sarah has spent a decade making documentary film and television across 6 continents. Her favorite filming adventure in recent memory is filming with the Hunter Gatherer tribe (the Hadza) in the remote wilds of Tanzania for RCR's 5-part original series "The History of Food."
Co-Owner / Executive Producer
Obsessed with the work of Stanley Kubrick from an unnervingly young age, Alex followed his passion and attended the prestigious Griffith Film School in Brisbane Australia. After graduating, he set off around the world seeking fame and fortune... He still hopes to find them one day.
After beginning his career at some pioneering digital-media companies, Alex then successfully transitioned to non-scripted television and produced series for numerous big-name cable networks such as A&E, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, TLC, and Lifetime.
Always passionate about documentaries, the opportunity to write and direct "The History Of Food", led him to accept a full-time position at Roller Coaster Road Productions where he continues to strive to conceive and produce original and entertaining content.