Podium Pictures is a scripted and non-scripted entertainment production company helmed by Emmy award-winning Writer/Director Brett Rapkin.
In 2004, Brett was hired to spend the entire winter in the European alps, producing, writing, and even shooting a weekly short form television series with an up and coming ski racer named Bode Miller. Bode invited Brett to travel with himself and the team in order to get more and better footage. Bode also asked him to help produce the ski racer's Sirius XM radio show on a weekly basis.
That winter, Bode became the first American in a generation to win the World Cup Overall Championship and Brett launched his company.
In the years since, Brett has won an Emmy Award for his work and been nominated for a total of six.
In August 2016, he made his forray into writing/directing scripted content with SPACEMAN, starring Josh Duhamel (TRANSFORMERS, SAFE HAVEN) as legendary gonzo MLB pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, was released internationally by Orion Pictures/MGM. The film also features Sterling K. Brown ("This is Us") in a supporting role. The film's 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.