Michael D. Ratner
Founder, President and CEO
Producer and writer/director Michael D. Ratner founded OBB Pictures in 2015 and under his leadership the company has grown into a leading production company. Since its inception, OBB Pictures has carved out a stronghold in the OTT market and new media space by creating Emmy and Streamy Award winning content that is length, distributor, and platform agnostic.
In addition to running OBB Pictures and expanding the business into new verticals, including partnerships in tech, music, and podcasts, Ratner continues to act as a multi-hyphenate leading creative on OBB’s marquee projects. Most recently, Ratner served as executive producer and director on OBB’s Historical Roasts for Netflix. He is the creator, showrunner, director and executive producer of Cold as Balls, starring Kevin Hart and some of the world’s most famous athletes, which has garnered over 200 million viewers to date. Ratner has also produced and directed a number of films that have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, including Gonzo @ the Derby for ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, which followed Hunter S. Thompson’s trip to the Kentucky Derby and featured Sean Penn; as well as Netflix’s One in a Billion, which examined the globalization of the NBA into India through the lens of Satnam Singh.
Ratner graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BA in Film & minor in English. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in film directing, writing, and producing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and was honored on Variety Hollywood’s Creative New Leaders 2018 as well as Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment class of 2019. Ratner is represented by the United Talent Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson & Teller.