Michael D. Ratner’s OBB Pictures has agreed to a deal to produce and develop film, television and digital projects for Relativity Sports, TheWrap has learned.
Ratner is an award-winning producer who wrote and directed the romantic comedy “The 30 Year Old Bris,” which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. He recently took home three New York Emmys for his directing work on “The Lineup: Sports Movies” in the categories of Entertainment: Program/Special, Sports: Interview/Discussion and Sports: One-Time Special.
Ratner also produced the music video for Puff Daddy’s “I Want the Love,” as well as several viral music videos for New York radio station Hot 97.
Ratner runs OBB Pictures with his brother Scott, and the company’s frequent collaborators include Eric D. Cohen, Matthew Hirschhorn, William Stefan Smith and Sean Paulsen. The multimedia production company produces film, television, music videos, commercials and digital media projects across multiple genres, including sports, comedy, music and more.
Founded in 2010, OBB Pictures has created projects for Relativity Media, The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films and AMC Networks. The company operates in both Los Angeles and New York.
“Happy Walters and Josh Swartz have built a culture that is creative and collaborative. I am excited about the opportunities this partnership will provide to our growing production company, and I look forward to working with the Relativity team for years to come,” said Ratner, who’s represented by CAA.
Relativity Sports is one of the largest professional sports agencies in the world, providing more than 300 NBA, NFL and MLB athletes with services ranging from contract negotiation to custom film and television content production.
“As Relativity Sports continues to develop and produce compelling original content surrounding our athletes and unique intellectual property, we are looking for creative partners. Michael is a talented storyteller and we are excited for the start of our long relationship,” said Josh Swartz, president of Relativity Sports.
Relativity Sports and its agents have negotiated contracts totaling in excess of $2.5 billion. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company also has offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and Miami.