About The Company

Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin founded Ark Media in 1996, and were joined by partner John Maggio in 2003. Together, Goodman, Dretzin, and Maggio have grown Ark into a leading producer of non-fiction series, theatrical documentaries and one-off television specials on a wide variety of subjects, along the way nurturing a diverse roster of passionate and talented filmmakers.

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 a co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. Together with Ark Media producer/ director Phil Bertelsen, she directed the six-part Netflix original series "Who Killed Malcolm X" which will debut on Netflix in January 2020. Her acclaimed feature documentary "Far From the Tree," which was produced in partnership with Participant Media, was released theatrically in 2018 and is now streaming on Hulu. Rachel has been producing and directing documentaries since 1994, many of them for the 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 recently finished two films: Woodstock, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the famous music festival; and Slay the Dragon, about gerrymandering’s disastrous impact on the democratic process. Both films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and …
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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, "Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis" - co-produced by Ark Media and Vice for HBO - won a 2019 Emmy for "Outstanding Business & Economic Documentary". His previous 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 …. Read More