Before joining the ranks of film producers, Rapke served as co-chairman of CAA (Creative Artists Agency) for seven years. Overseeing the motion picture department, he was instrumental in building production companies around his high-profile client list.
A graduate of New York University Film School, Rapke moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and landed a job in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. Four years later, he joined CAA, beginning a successful 19-year association with the company. In addition to representing Robert Zemeckis, Rapke's client roster included such noted filmmakers as Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott, Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Martin Brest, Michael Mann, Joel Schumacher, Harold Ramis, Michael Bay, John Hughes, Chris Columbus, Terry Gilliam, Bob Gale, Bo Goldman, Steve Kloves, Howard Franklin, Scott Frank and Robert Kamen.
In 1998, Rapke left the agency business to partner with Robert Zemeckis and Steve Starkey, with whom he formed ImageMovers. The company's primary focus is the production of theatrical motion pictures and has several projects currently in development. Among their upcoming releases will be the big screen adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's popular children's book, The Polar Express, a motion-capture feature starring Tom Hanks, directed by Zemeckis.
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