- CEO & Founder
- Podium Pictures
Brett Rapkin is an innovative Emmy Award-winning Writer/Producer/Director who was named one of three "2021 Trendsetters" by Sports Business Journal because of his focus on impact-driven sports projects.
"The Weight of Gold," an HBO documentary on which Brett served as Director, Executive Producer and Co-Writer, has received over two billion media impressions on platforms ranging from CNN to Rolling Stone Magazine. Produced in partnership with Olympic legend Michael Phelps, the success of the project has established Rapkin as a trusted authority around the topics of mental health, athlete collaboration, and social impact filmmaking.
Among the many tangible impact results of the film, its release helped cause to the United States Olympic Committee raising and implementing millions of additional dollars in mental health resources for its athletes. Brett has been interviewed or asked to speak on platforms including CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Sirius/XM, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
As Founder/CEO of Podium Pictures, Brett has created a deep track record over the past twenty years in successfully developing, producing, distributing, and promoting premium content with partners ranging from HBO to The Los Angeles Dodgers. Podium is focused on being the global leader in social impact sports through the power of athletes and storytelling.
Brett grew up playing year-round competitive baseball in Los Angeles and attended The University of Arizona. Shortly after graduating, he gained rare access to Cuba with a small crew to direct the documentary film Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey. The film was acquired by MLB Network.
In 2003 he moved to New York after an offer to be mentored by the principals at Black Canyon Productions, the multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning sports film production company. During that time he wrote, produced, and directed projects with and about Rod Stewart, Bode Miller, and many others.
His award-winning second independent documentary film Holy Land Hardball, premiered in 2009 and was also acquired by MLB Network.
Spaceman, a feature film starring Josh Duhamel as gonzo MLB pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee was released theatrically and across VOD platforms by Orion/MGM on August 19th, 2016. It also featured Sterling K. Brown who went on to star on the NBC hit "This is Us."
Welcome to Dodgertown, narrated by Vin Scully and Larry King won a 2016 Emmy for Best Sports Special.
Other clients and partners have included NFL, ESPN, Showtime, Red Bull, GMC, and many more.
The Weight of Gold: The Pursuit of Olympic Dreams and the Fallout