Michael D. Ratner
Founder, President and CEO
President/CEO Michael D. Ratner founded OBB Pictures in 2014. Under his leadership, Ratner has grown OBB Pictures into a leading millennial-driven content production company. The company’s current slate of projects includes developing and producing original scripted and unscripted content across all media platforms, with those such as Netflix, ESPN, EPIX and VICE. Most recently, Ratner served as showrunner and director of “The 5th Quarter” a scripted sports mockumentary for Verizon’s go90 network. OBB recently struck a deal with Netflix to be the exclusive platform partner to stream the company’s feature-length documentary, “One in a Billion,” which he produced.
In 2016, Michael’s company teamed with Mandalay Sports Media to develop and co-produce a series of sports-themed films, TV projects and multi-media programming. The company also formed a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group, owner of a global portfolio of iconic fashion, sports, celebrity and entertainment brands including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali, to develop content across their brands for digital and traditional platforms targeted towards millennials.
Previously, Ratner directed and produced the short film “Gonzo @ the Derby” for ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, which was named an official selection at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Ratner additionally executive produced feature-length documentaries “Dwight Howard: In the Moment” and “In Football We Trust”, an official 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection. He also wrote, directed and produced the romantic comedy film, “The 30 Year Old Bris,” which was an official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and produced the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s documentary “More than Words”. In 2014, Ratner earned five New York Emmy Awards for his directing work on “The Lineup: Sports Movies”.
Ratner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BA in Film & 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.
Ratner is represented by the United Talent Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson & Teller.