Proximity Media, the multi-media company founded by Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks, is officially launching with Nicks set to oversee the outfit’s non-fiction division.
In addition to spearheading the unit, Nicks will direct select projects, including Proximity’s first feature documentary about composer Kris Bowers and a group of acclaimed artists on a creative journey to reimagine the Star-Spangled Banner.
Göransson will serve as principal music executive and Davis will oversee marketing, soundtrack and podcast production.
Oscar-winning Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station), Zinzi Coogler (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Ohanian (Searching, Run) oversee all of Proximity’s operations.
With a focused mandate to create event-driven material across film, television, music and podcasts, the six founding members of Proximity will supervise each project from development to release, including marketing activations and companion projects.
The group will work together on select projects under the Proximity banner, while also producing their own content across verticals.
Nicks’ critically acclaimed feature documentary The Waiting Room won an Independent Spirit Award and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2012. The Force, the second in a trilogy of documentaries exploring the interconnected narratives of health care, criminal justice and education in Oakland, CA, won the 2017 Sundance Director’s Prize. Homeroom, the final film in the trilogy, premiered in January at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and won the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award.
“From the ability to entertain to bearing witness at this watershed moment in our democracy, content creators are riding an unprecedented wave of interest in nonfiction storytelling. I’m excited to join this group of talented storytellers at Proximity who recognize the increasingly dynamic role that nonfiction is playing in both our culture and in the marketplace,” said Nicks in a statement.
Proximity has entered into a five-year overall exclusive television deal with The Walt Disney Company, one of which will include a new Marvel Studios series based in Black Panther‘s Kingdom of Wakanda for Disney+.
Photo credit: Rob Williamson