Podium Pictures is a scripted and non-scripted entertainment production company helmed by Emmy award-winning Writer/Director Brett Rapkin.
Brett Rapkin is the first writer/director to release a feature film theatrically and win an Emmy Award in the same year. He has been nominated for six total Emmys and is a nominee for the Sports Business Journal 2018 "40 Under 40."
In August 2016, his narrative feature film debut SPACEMAN, starring Josh Duhamel (TRANSFORMERS, SAFE HAVEN) as legendary gonzo MLB pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, was released internationally by Orion Pictures/MGM. The release garnered over 1.5 billion media impressions including the New York Times, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, and US Weekly.
WELCOME TO DODGERTOWN, a documentary Brett was commissioned to produce by the Los Angeles Dodgers and their cable network, won the 2016 Los Angeles Emmy for Best Sports Special. It was the sixth Emmy nomination Brett has received.
Previously, Brett directed the feature length documentaries SPACEMAN: A BASEBALL ODYSSEY (2005) a documentary on Bill Lee and HOLY LAND HARDBALL (2007), the award-winning cinema verite look at the creation of the first professional baseball league in the Middle East. The two films were among the first to ever air on MLB Network.
Other documentary subjects he has explored include: Rod Stewart, Motley Crue, Ozzfest, The World Series of Poker, Formula One Racing, Professional Bull Riding, NCAA March Madness, The 1967 Red Sox, Baseball's Golden Age, and the Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino.
Podium's client roster includes NFL Media, HBO, MLB, UFC, NBC Sports, The Olympic Channel, The US Ski Team, Red Bull, GMC, Showtime, The Los Angeles Dodgers, and many others.
Ever since visiting the Venice Beach set of Ron Shelton's WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP at eleven years old, Brett has been a student of the craft of filmmaking. Over the past fifteen years, he has visited Rod Stewart's English country manor, been alpine sledding with champion ski racer Bode Miller in Austria, enjoyed late night pouttine with UFC champ Georges St. Pierre in Montreal, had soup with Vin Scully, and once even traveled overnight on a Motley Crue tour bus.