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 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 2018.

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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. Currently, Goodman is 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