Jannat Gargi has been nominated as senior vice president and head of documentaries at Westbrook, where he will be tasked with creating non-fiction features and premium series.
He joined the media company from Vice Studios, where he recently served as vice president of documentaries. In Vice, Gargi made a documentary like “Flea”, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury Award at Sundance and will be released by Neon this fall, as well as a limited series of ESPN’s “30 for 30” for American Gladiators.
Westbrook is a media company founded by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Its films and series include “Cobra Kai,” “Red Table Talk,” and “King Richard.” The company was in the headlines over the weekend after private equity firms Blackstone and Disney vets spoke of selling themselves to a media venture led by Tom Stags and Kevin Meyer.
Terrence Carter, vice-president of Gargi Westbrook Studios, who serves as head of television, and John Mone, will report on its main features. His new term began at the end of September.
“We couldn’t have been more excited to have Jannat join the Westbrook team,” Mone and Carter said. “His clear creative approach, passion for influential storytelling and premium documentary features and an impeccable track record of making a slate of the series are unmatched. He’s truly a star and we look forward to growing the powerful slate of our documentation with him as we continue to give creators the ability to share their voices in unique and compelling ways.
Prior to VICE, Gargi worked as the head of a documentary film for Vulcan Productions where he made a wide-ranging film, including “Summer of Soul (… or, When Revolution Can’t Be Television)”, directed by Ahmir, “Questlov” by Thompson and critics last summer. Praise was allowed. He has also starred in the Academy Award-nominated documentary short, “Hunger Word,” the Sundance Audience Award winner, “The Region I Jump,” and the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning “Body Team 12.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining Westbrook’s talented and innovative team,” Gargi said. “In addition to their impressive film and television initiatives, they are one of the most dynamic and forward-risk entertainment companies with the remarkable ability to create and develop inspiring, inspiring, high-anticipated content from start to finish on screen. We look forward to leading the growth of documentary creation at a time when documentaries are vital for connecting viewers with inspiring, relevant and authentic stories.
Current Westbrook studio documentary projects include the recently launched “Amend: The Fight for America”, a six-part, multimedia documentary that explores the Fourteenth Amendment, and the upcoming adventure series “Welcome to Earth” for National Geographic.