Westbrook Studios has named Jannat Gargi – previously Vice Studios’ vice president of documentaries — to the position of senior vice president and head of documentaries.
Gargi (pictured) is tasked with developing Westbrook’s slate of documentaries across both features and premium series, reporting to the studio’s co-presidents Terence Carter (head of television) and Jon Mone (head of features).
The studio, a division of Westbrook Inc., was launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez and Ko Yada.
Gargi takes up the role at the end of the month.
At Vice Studios, Gargi led programming strategy and content development with a focus on auteur-led, culturally relevant docuseries and feature documentaries such as Flee.
Prior to that, she was head of documentary films for Vulcan Productions, where she developed and executive produced a range of films including the acclaimed Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson; the Oscar-nominated doc short Hunger Ward; The Reason I Jump; Ghost Fleet; Ballet Now; and Body Team 12.
Mone and Carter said in a joint statement: “Her clear creative vision, passion for impactful storytelling, and impeccable track record building a slate of premium documentary features and series is unparalleled. She is truly a star and we look forward to growing our robust slate of docs with her as we continue to empower creators to share their voices in unique and compelling ways.”
Gargi added: “In addition to their impressive film and television ventures, they are one of the most dynamic and forward leaning entertainment companies with an unmatched ability to nurture and develop inspirational, highly-anticipated content from its inception to its debut onscreen. I look forward to leading the growth of building their slate of feature documentaries and premium TV docuseries at a time when documentaries are more vital than ever in connecting audiences with inspiring, relevant and authentic stories.”
Westbrook Studios’ current documentary projects include the recently launched six-part multimedia docuseries Amend: The Fight for America; the upcoming adventure series Welcome to Earth as part of the company’s first look deal with National Geographic; and the recently announced two-season order of a hybrid documentary series about two of history’s most iconic African queens, Cleopatra and Njinga.