Michael D. Ratner
Founder, President and CEO
President/CEO Michael D. Ratner founded OBB Pictures in 2015 and under his leadership the company has grown into a leading millennial-driven production company. Since its inception, OBB Pictures has carved out a stronghold in the OTT market and new media space by creating premium content that is length, distributor and platform agnostic. Ratner is currently serving as executive producer and director on OBB’s Historical Roasts, for Netflix.
Michael’s company has been active with their deal-making and partnerships. Most recently, he spearheaded strategic partnerships with Crypt TV, a Blumhouse Productions and Eli Roth company, in order to further develop properties from their expansive library of digital horror IP into longer-format series; Mandalay Sports Media to develop and co-produce a series of sports-themed projects; and Authentic Brands Group, to develop content across their global portfolio of iconic fashion, sports, celebrity and entertainment brands including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Muhammad Ali.
Previously, Ratner served as executive producer and director on the second straight season of, Cold as Balls, starring Kevin Hart and some of the world’s most famous athletes, which he created for Kevin and Lionsgate’s newly launched LOL Network. He also served as showrunner and executive producer on three seasons of The 5th Quarter a scripted comedy series he created and directed for Verizon’s go90. Prior to that he 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. Ratner has also directed and produced on multiple series for VICE and VICELAND including the Ride Along series and The Clubhouse. Additionally, Ratner directed and produced Gonzo @ the Derby for ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series, which covered Hunter S. Thompson, featured Sean Penn, and was named an official selection at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. 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. In 2014, Ratner also earned five New York Emmy Awards for his directing work on The Lineup: Sports Movies.
In addition to all of their current projects in development, Ratner and OBB Pictures launched the OBB pilot season program, the company’s official television and digital initiative that partners with talented and hungry content creators to help develop and produce their dream projects. The goal of the pilot season program is to find undiscovered, auteur-driven and cinematic projects and introduce them to a larger audience by funding and overseeing the production of the creator’s pilot.
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 a member of the Producers Guild of America and was elected a Variety Hollywood’s Creative New Leaders 2018. He is represented by the United Talent Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson & Teller.