Bodega Pictures specializes in producing alternative television, documentary, branded entertainment, and scripted media with a track record of buzz worthy projects that entertain across all platforms. With a narrative sensibility, cinematic eye and commitment to fusing innovative style with traditional storytelling, Bodega brings a unique approach to every project. Shepherded by principles/executive producers Joshua Ackerman, Benjamin Nurick and Zachary Werner, Bodega has created, developed, and sold original material to HGTV, VH1, A&E, History, SpikeTV, Lifetime, Food Network, Cooking Channel, E!, AMC, GSN and TruTV.
Joshua Ackerman’s career began as a performer on “The New Mickey Mouse Club” along with Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell and JC Chasez. After seven successful seasons, he decided to dip behind the camera and attend NYU Film School.
Upon landing in Los Angeles, Josh went onto to appear in national commercials for Miller Lite, Bud Light, Taco Bell, Pringles, Burger King and Sprint as well as starring in a series for UPN.
7 years ago, Josh decided to change direction and close the book on his acting career. Josh co-created and co-executive produced the series “Curl Girls” for MTV’s Logo and has produced, directed, shot and edited shows and content for VH1, Lifetime, GSN, TruTV, NBC, Target and Bravo Online.
Josh is a partner at Bodega Pictures and resides in Los Angeles with his wife Susan and son Oliver.
A California native with New York roots, Benjamin Nurick brings over a decade of experience from a multitude of disciplines within the entertainment industry, where he is now the President of Bodega Pictures.
After studying directing and acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, Nurick began his career as an actor, appearing in the studio features I Heart Huckabees and The Lords of Dogtown and a role in the Broadway play The Lion in Winter at the Roundabout Theater as well as various television shows and commercials. With sights set on getting behind the lens Nurick cut his teeth directing and producing on MTV’s award winning television documentary series True Life. Nurick then went on to produce Curl Girls for MTV’s sister network LOGO with long time collaborator and fellow NYU alum Josh Ackerman.
The two Formed Bodega Pictures in 2007 with a focus on creating original alternative television and commercial projects. Under the Bodega Pictures banner, Nurick has produced and directed commercials for Target, Grey Advertising, Oribe Hair Care, Oyster.com, Biogen Idec and original television projects for GSN, Vh1 and truTV. In his spare time, Nurick fronts Los Angeles based rock band The Fringes whose songs have been licensed in the independent features Waiting for Forever and Conception. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, son and their dog Jack.
Zachary Werner is an award winning producer and partner at Bodega Pictures. Born and raised in Miami Beach, FL he brings a unique flavor to the Bodega team.
Werner began his career working in production on films such as Curse of The Jade Scorpion and Sweet and Low Down for Director Woody Allen and the monster television series Law and Order: Criminal Intent for Dick Wolf – all while attending The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He also produced, wrote and directed over a dozen short films and documentaries.
After school, Werner got his professional career started as an associate producer on the show 9/11:Looking Back… Moving Forward for the critically acclaimed PBS series IN THE MIX. Bouncing between documentary and narrative filmmaking, Werner produced the short film Chinese Dream which played in over 50 international film festivals and won 4 best short film awards including the 2004 San Francisco International Film Festival. The film was later short listed for the 2005 Academy Awards. He then executive produced, directed and shot Miami Manhunt (A&E), a feature length documentary that chronicles a serial rape investigation in Miami. The film was submitted for a 2007 Primetime Emmy. Zachary then went on to produce and shoot three hit shows: the award winning reality series The First 48 (A&E), Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force (A&E) and most recently, LA Gang Unit (A&E).
Zachary became a partner at Bodega in 2009 and resides in LA with his wife.
A part of Bodega from its inception, Justin’s diverse skill set has helped craft the brand you see today. An electronic media major from the University of Oregon, he personifies the “one man band” mantra in that he can produce, direct, shoot, edit, build graphics and do whatever else is needed to get a project from conception to final delivery.
His credits include producing, directing, editing and graphic design work for NBC, Fox Sports, truTV, Target, VH1, GSN, Lifetime, Spike TV, Travel Channel, Grey Advertising, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Oribe Hair Care – where he helped conceive and create the company’s trademark branding campaign.
In 2010, he was hired by Fox Sports West as a freelance producer/editor to create feature packages for their weekly magazine-style show UCLA Football Weekly with Rick Neuheisel. He was also commissioned to produce and edit a feature for Fox Sports’ national broadcast of the 2010 Lott Awards, honoring college football’s best defensive players. In addition to those projects, he has produced features for the LA Clippers and LA Dodgers, working with players such as Blake Griffin and Baron Davis.
A Portland, OR native and die-hard sports fan, Justin cites attention to the detail as the separator between mediocrity and greatness and is determined to make his newest project his best. In general, he is in a perpetual fight against “the norm” and likes to live by the idea that the weirder it is, the better. Most recently, he was a producer and editor on Bodega’s Big Easy Justice for Spike TV and works around the clock on whatever Bodega is developing for its next show/project.