Recently named to the Variety Reality TV Impact Report’s list of “unscripted titans,” Alana Goldstein is vice president of development for Crazy Legs Productions. A producer and director with a background in commercial photography, Goldstein brings a detailed eye and unique vision to the development of television series and documentaries. Alana has developed a reputation for seeking out stories from people on the fringe of society and characters that challenge viewers to embrace a broader and more empathetic idea of cultural norms.
Goldstein joined Crazy Legs Productions in 2009 and currently spearheads all its development, overseeing a slate of fiction and non-fiction projects in various stages of development, including a limited documentary series on televangelism for a major streaming platform.
She has served as an executive producer on over 250 hours of documentary television series and films for MSNBC, Discovery, HGTV, Travel, TLC, Facebook Watch, Showtime, and others. She has produced and directed numerous award-winning documentaries including Mind Over Mania (MSNBC) following a Bible-based cult, which won the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and Family by the Ton an award-winning series for TLC on obesity and its deadly effects. Through Crazy Legs, Goldstein has been instrumental in partnering with prestigious institutions such as Notre Dame Football and Kentucky Basketball, and powerhouses like Ava DuVernay and Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Pictures.
Her credits include Kids + Money (HBO), Inside the Madness (Facebook Watch), To Catch a Killer (Investigation Discovery), Family by the Ton (TLC), 1000-lb Sisters (TLC), The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen), Swamp Murders (Investigation Discovery), Hidden City (Travel Channel), Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery), Your Worst Nightmare (Investigation Discovery), Armed and Ready (Travel Channel), Hotel Amazon (Travel Channel) and more.
Prior to Crazy Legs Productions, Goldstein worked with award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. Together they created content for HBO, the New York Times, Esquire, GQ, and Fortune, among others. Goldstein produced HBO's Kids + Money, chronicling the culture of consumerism among America’s teens. The film premiered at the AFI Film Festival, winning the Shorts Audience Award, and the prestigious Gold Plaque at the Hugo Television Awards. Goldstein also produced Thin, Lauren Greenfield’s photography book published by Chronicle Books and a traveling museum show that serves as a multimedia companion piece to HBO’s eating disorder film, Thin. Following her work with Lauren, Goldstein directed and produced six short films for Helen Hunt’s production company, documenting social entrepreneurs across the country.
Goldstein began her career assisting the world’s most prolific still photographers on advertising and editorial campaigns across the US and New Zealand, Dubai, and Italy. Soon after, she went out on her own shooting for L.L. Bean, Coca-Cola, Paramount Pictures, and Volkswagen, among others.