Ark Media is one of the leading producers of nonfiction content in the US. Helmed by three veteran award-winning producer/directors --Rachel Dretzin, Barak Goodman, and John Maggio-- and staffed by a team of talented storytellers from around the globe, we are committed to telling stories that matter. Our event television series and feature documentaries have been honored with every major industry award.

The stories we tell probe the gamut of the human experience, challenge conventional wisdom, and explore the grays of real life. We continuously push boundaries to evolve the traditional documentary into a more stylish, original, and arresting experience. 



About The Company

20 years and counting. Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin founded Ark Media in 1996, and were joined by partner John Maggio in 2003. Together they have grown Ark into one of America’s leading production houses, creating non-fiction series, theatrical documentaries, and one-off television specials on a wide variety of subjects. Throughout the years, Ark has nurtured an ever growing roster of talent and collaborated with passionate and innovative filmmakers who elevate our work to this day.

Ark films have been honored with four national prime time Emmy Awards, an Academy Award nomination, the DuPont Columbia baton, three George H. Foster Peabody Awards, among other awards and accolades.



Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer

Rachel Dretzin is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. Rachel has been producing and directing documentaries since 1994. Rachel was senior producer on the six-part PBS Series Many Rivers to Cross, a history of African Americans hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which was awarded the Emmy, Peabody, and Du-Pont Columbia awards. Her most recent feature, a documentary adaptation of Andrew Solomon's monumental nonfiction book, "Far From the Tree," was released in select theaters nationwide by IFC / Sundance Selects in July 2018 Read More


Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer

Barak Goodman is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. His films for Ark Media have been nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Emmys and Writers Guild Awards, the DuPont-Columbia, and Peabody Awards, the RFK Journalism Prize, and twice been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival. Goodman is currently working on films commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and exploring the disastrous impact of gerrymandering on the democratic process.
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Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer

John Maggio is a principle producer, director and writer with Ark Media.  His most recent film, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee for HBO was nominated for 2018 Producers Guild Award for best documentary feature. His work includes films for FRONTLINE (College Inc., Growing up Online) and American Experience (Bonnie and Clyde, The Boy in the Bubble, Kinsey).  Maggio’s films have been honored with the National Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award, multiple nominations for News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and have premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.  In January of 2018 his film Into The Amazon opened the 30th season of American Experience. He’s currently at work on a feature doc about the Korean War. Read More



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Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-935-9745