Max Handelman

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Max Handelman
Born (1973-05-03) May 3, 1973 (age 48)
EducationCatlin Gabel School
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
University of California, Los Angeles
OccupationProducer, sportswriter, blogger
Years active2006–present
(m. 2003)

Max Handelman (born May 3, 1973) is an American sportswriter, producer, and blogger. He co-wrote the book Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not) with Erik Barmack.[1] Handelman is married to actress Elizabeth Banks. Handelman co-founded the production company Brownstone Productions, whose first film, Surrogates, was released in 2009.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Handelman was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He was raised in a Jewish household. Handelman attended Catlin Gabel School, graduating in 1991. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, where he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and received an MBA degree from UCLA in 2003.[4]

Career and works[edit]

Handelman co-founded the production company Brownstone Productions alongside wife Elizabeth Banks. Their first film, Surrogates, was released in 2009.[2][3] The company is best known for the hit Pitch Perfect film franchise.

He is an avid fan of fantasy football and penned a work on the subject, Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not), with friend Erik Barmack. Handelman and Barmack also collaborated on a weblog covering the Portland Trail Blazers entitled Beyond Bowie.

Personal life[edit]

Handelman is married to actress Elizabeth Banks, his college girlfriend, whom he wed in 2003.[5] The couple live in Los Angeles.[3] He and his wife had their first child, a boy named Felix, via surrogacy in March 2011.[6] On November 14, 2012, they had a second boy, Magnus Mitchell Handelman, again via gestational surrogacy.[7] He is a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Surrogates Producer
2012 Pitch Perfect Producer
2015 Resident Advisors Producer Web series
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Producer
2016 The Most Hated Woman in America Producer
2017 The Trustee Producer Television film
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Producer
2019 Charlie's Angels Producer
2022 Cocaine Bear Producer Filming

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Max Handelman and Erik Barmack (August 1, 2006). Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not). Simon and Schuster. ISBN 1-4169-0996-6.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Mostow, Jonathon (November 18, 2007). "Bruce Willis to star in 'Surrogates'". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "About". Beyond Bowie. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  4. ^ "Max Handelman's 03 FootbalFantasy". University of California Los Angeles. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "She's game". USA Today. 2006-08-20.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Sarah Michaud. "Elizabeth Banks Welcomes 'Miracle' Baby via Surrogate". Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  7. ^ Hazlett, Courtney. "Elizabeth Banks welcomes another baby to the family - TODAY Entertainment". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Beck, Byron (December 1, 2014). "Spotted in Portland: Elizabeth Banks". GoLocalPDX. Retrieved October 3, 2017.

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