Making Podium people actually isn't difficult if you start with a decent mask.
There is a tutorial for creating perfect Podium masks in the Tips, Tricks & Tutorials section.
When you have a suitable mask, import it into SU. Rotate the image to the right orientation (90 degrees around the X axis), Explode it, make it a component, hide the edges, set the insertion point, make it a 'face me' component and way to go!
I never set the glue to plane options in case you want to use the components on a sloping ground plane.
By all means upload some images and I'll build some more people for the library. Would you mind if we add them to the 'Paid' section? Either way, you'll get them