In 2004, Brett Rapkin helped pioneer the genre of Athlete Driven Media when he spent an entire winter in the European alps traveling with legendary racer Bode Miller and the US Ski Team. There he created a weekly short form television series following Miller with incredible access through his historic World Cup Overall Championship season.
Originally having agreed to participate in just a single weekly interview, Bode ultimately invited Brett to travel with his team in order to get more and better footage. The racer also asked him to help produce/co-host his Sirius XM radio show on a weekly basis, while he racked up fourteen "Podium wins" during his breakthrough season.
This led to the name of Brett's production company, Podium Pictures, in 2005.
In the years since, Podium has been hired to collaborate with a deep roster of athletes including Michael Phelps, Tom Brady, Steve Nash, David Beckham, Ernie Banks, Martina Navratilova, and Sandy Koufax.
Podium won an Emmy Award for its 2015 film Welcome to Dodgertown, and has been nominated for a total of six Emmys. Clients have included NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, Red Bull, GMC, Budweiser, and many others.
In August 2016, Brett fulfilled a lifelong dream by directing Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Safe Haven) and Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) in the feature film SPACEMAN, a biographical look at the legendary Boston Red Sox gonzo pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee. The film, which Brett also wrote and produced through Podium, was released internationally by Orion Pictures and Amazon.