In Proximity

Proximity Media

A podcast about craft, career, and creativity from Proximity Media, the production company that helped bring you Creed III, Judas and the Black Messiah, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever podcast and soundtrack, and more. New episodes every Sunday.

  • 1 minute 59 seconds
    Vote for Wakanda Forever Podcast at the Webbys!

    Please vote by April 18 at 11:59pm PT. On this bonus episode, Proximity Media head of audio and our podcast EP/Producer Paola Mardo shares an update about In Proximity and how to vote for Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast at the Webbys. Please vote and spread the word to your friends, family, and network if you can.

    To vote, head to this link: tinyurl.com/VoteWakandaForever

    To learn more, head to @ProximityMedia on Instagram and watch the video post where Paola gives a sneak peek of the Proximity Media office and how and why you should vote for us at the Webbys.

    We’re working on a new season of In Proximity coming later this year so stay tuned.

    Thank you for listening, for supporting, and for voting for Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast at the Webbys!

    17 April 2024, 6:15 pm
  • 48 minutes 28 seconds
    Movies and basketball with Stephen Curry, Ryan Coogler, Pete Nicks, and Erick Peyton

    On our season finale, we’re going all in on Stephen Curry: Underrated, an inspiring coming-of-age story documenting the rise of NBA superstar, Golden State Warrior, and Davidson legend Stephen Curry from Proximity Media and our partners at Unanimous, A24, and Apple TV+. The film’s creative minds team up for an intimate and epic conversation about movies, basketball, and more: Stephen Curry himself, director Pete Nicks, and producers Erick Peyton and Ryan Coogler. They talk about how the film came together (2:05) and how they each tackle some of the biggest themes in Stephen's basketball career as illustrated in the documentary (9:29): dealing with loss, believing in yourself, and wearing the idea of being “underrated” as a badge of honor. We end with Prox Recs and some important reminders before our season break (40:23).

    We filmed this conversation for our very first video podcast. You can watch it now on our YouTube channel.

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    Stephen Curry: Underrated is now streaming on Apple TV+.

    Watch the music video for “Lil Fish, Big Pond” by Tobe Nwigwe on YouTube.

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    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Design, Mix, and Additional Music: Ken Nana

    Production Services: Amante

    Production Assistant: Courtney Archerd

    Artwork and Social Media: Alexandria Santana

    6 August 2023, 7:00 am
  • 43 minutes 38 seconds
    Ryan Coogler and Pete Nicks

    Fruitvale Station was released 10 years ago this month. This was Ryan Coogler’s first feature film and it’s how he met fellow Bay Area director Pete Nicks. On this episode, they discuss meeting on Fruitvale Station (1:35); directing fiction and nonfiction films, the idea of “naive audacity,” and Pete’s Oakland trilogy (16:35); and collaborating on Proximity’s latest releases directed by Pete and produced by Ryan and our partners: Anthem, a musical journey across the U.S. experimenting to reimagine the National Anthem, and Stephen Curry: Underrated, a remarkable coming-of-age story about one of the most influential and unexpected players in basketball history (26:00). At the end, they answer listener questions (33:25) and share their Prox Recs (40:21).

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    Stephen Curry: Underrated is now streaming on Apple TV+ and playing in select theaters.

    Anthem is now streaming on Hulu.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

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    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Judybelle Camangyan

    With Production Assistance From: Courtney Archerd

    Artwork and Social Media: Alexandria Santana

    23 July 2023, 7:00 am
  • 41 minutes 25 seconds
    Tara Duncan and Kalia King

    Have a seat at the executive table with Kalia King, Proximity’s head of TV, and Tara Duncan, president of Onyx Collective, a premium content brand under Disney Entertainment. At Onyx, Tara’s slate includes Reasonable Doubt, The 1619 Project Docuseries, the Academy Award-winning documentary feature Summer of Soul, and Anthem, produced by Proximity Media and directed by Pete Nicks. Previously, Tara served as president of Disney’s young adult TV network Freeform where she launched Cruel Summer and Single Drunk Female. She had a producing deal at Hulu where she developed projects like The Other Black Girl. She held executive positions at AMC and Netflix where she produced shows like Bosch, Narcos, and Orange is the New Black. She got her start at Section Eight, George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh’s production company. On this insightful episode, Tara and Kalia break down how they met and Tara’s executive journey (2:30), their community of Black women creatives in Hollywood (08:07), what it’s like to not have imposter syndrome (20:59), what goes into programming television for audiences (24:19), finding work-life balance as producers and executives (29:55), and their Prox Recs (34:07).

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    Anthem is now streaming on Hulu.

    Listen to the new song "We Are America" by Ruby Amanfu, Charity Bowden, Kris Bowers, Dahi, Joy Harjo, and Cecilia Peña-Govea out now.

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    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Cameron Kell

    With Production Assistance From: Courtney Archerd

    Artwork and Social Media: Alexandria Santana

    9 July 2023, 7:00 am
  • 33 minutes 42 seconds
    Kris Bowers and Pete Nicks

    Anthem is an upcoming documentary streaming on Hulu on June 28th, produced by Proximity Media and our partners, and directed by our head of nonfiction Pete Nicks (Stephen Curry: Underrated, The Waiting Room, The Force, Homeroom). The film features acclaimed composer Kris Bowers (Bridgerton, When They See Us, King Richard), and Grammy-winning music producer Dahi (Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Drake) as they take a musical journey traveling across America to make a new sound, inspired by what our country’s national anthem might be if written in today’s time. On this episode, Pete sits down with Kris to reflect on their experiences making personal documentaries like The Wolf and A Concerto is a Conversation (2:44), on their collaboration on Anthem (14:57), and their Prox Recs (28:31).

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

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    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Cameron Kell

    Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    25 June 2023, 7:00 am
  • 32 minutes 20 seconds
    Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler (Part 2)

    The second of a two-part conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler. Ta-Nehisi is a writer, journalist, and, most recently, host and writer of Proximity Media’s Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast. Ta-Nehisi and Ryan sat down for our show to discuss Ta-Nehisi’s writing career and process. In this second part, Ta-Nehisi shares his writing career and process (1:31) and Ryan breaks down a scene from Creed (22:52). They also discuss Ta-Nehisi's transition from journalism to fiction plus their shared experiences telling Black Panther stories (11:35) and their Prox Recs (26:22).

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

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    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Cameron Kell

    Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    18 June 2023, 7:00 am
  • 33 minutes 38 seconds
    Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler (Part 1)

    The first of a two-part conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler. Ta-Nehisi is an author, journalist, and, most recently, host and writer of Proximity Media’s Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast. Ta-Nehisi and Ryan sat down for our show to discuss Ta-Nehisi’s writing journey and influences. In this first part, Ta-Nehisi shares a little bit about his production company Maceo-Lyn (2:30), his early dreams of becoming a rapper, and the impact of hip-hop, and artists like Nas and Tupac, on his and Ryan’s work (6:05), plus the power and criticism of impactful works of art like Illmatic, Wakanda Forever, A Prophet, Moonlight, and Get Out (24:12).

    Learn more, get links to Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast, and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

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    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Cameron Kell

    Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    11 June 2023, 7:00 am
  • 37 minutes 33 seconds
    Blitz Bazawule and Ryan Coogler

    Blitz Bazawule is a filmmaker, musician, visual artist, and author. Born in Ghana and based in New York, his directorial credits include The Burial Of Kojo, Beyoncé's Black Is King, and the upcoming The Color Purple Musical produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, and Scott Sanders. Blitz speaks with Proximity founder Ryan Coogler about meeting at a TED conference (2:10), Blitz’ transition from musician to filmmaker (7:10), creative rotation (15:50), telling stories across the Black diaspora (19:30), and their Prox Recs (32:11).

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

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    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Cameron Kell

    Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    4 June 2023, 7:00 am
  • 37 minutes 58 seconds
    Inside Proximity: Working in Film & TV

    Step inside Proximity Media as our team members discuss topics and answer listener questions about working in film and television at our company. D’Angelo “D’Lo” Louis and Dezi Gallegos sit with Paola Mardo at our office to discuss breaking into the industry (1:40), working at a production company (12:19), and their day-to-day jobs as executives and producers (15:10). They also answer listener questions (19:28) and share their Prox Recs (31:40). Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com. Welcome to Proximity!

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

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    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Judybelle Camangyan

    Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    14 May 2023, 7:00 am
  • 28 minutes 58 seconds
    Jamie Carragher and Paola Mardo

    Before becoming a screenwriter and TV writer on HBO’s Succession, Jamie Carragher was a high school teacher turned graduate arts journalism student at USC Annenberg where he met Paola Mardo, then an aspiring film critic and podcast producer, now head of audio at Proximity Media, producer/executive producer of In Proximity, and host/creator of Long Distance, a narrative podcast and short documentary series about stories in the Filipino diaspora. On this episode, Jamie and Paola discuss navigating unorthodox creative careers including attending journalism school (2:59), how Jamie’s sole Hollywood connection led to a writer’s assistant job (8:14), how and why Paola created the podcast Long Distance (10:47), Jamie’s role as Succession writer’s assistant (16:29) then staff writer and story editor (20:23), and their Prox Recs (24:20). Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    NOTE: This episode features a conversation about television writing. We at Proximity Media want to acknowledge that the Writers Guild of America, the labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and internet programming, is currently on strike. Our company works closely with writers and we have writers in the company as well. So we stand in solidarity with the WGA and support all writers – and workers – in getting fair treatment and pay. Thanks for listening to In Proximity. – Paola Mardo, Proximity Media Head of Audio and In Proximity Producer/Executive Producer

    Learn more, get links to projects discussed, and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. We’re also on YouTube.

    Learn more at ProximityMedia.com.

    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor: Cedric Wilson

    Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    7 May 2023, 7:00 am
  • 43 minutes 45 seconds
    Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler

    Charles D. King is the founder and CEO of MACRO, a multi-platform media company representing the voice and perspectives of Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. Some of their projects include Dear Mama, Mudbound, Fences, and Judas and the Black Messiah, produced with Proximity Media and Warner Brothers. Formerly a partner/senior agent at William Morris Endeavor, Charles was the first Black partner in the company’s 100+ year history and the first ever Black partner at any major talent agency. In 2021, when Judas and the Black Messiah was nominated for Best Picture, Charles became part of the first ever all-Black team of producers nominated for an Academy Award alongside director Shaka King and Proximity founder Ryan Coogler. The team worked closely with an esteemed group of Black creatives, activists, and executives including Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and Niija Kuykendall, then SVP of Production at Warner Brothers, now VP of Film at Netflix. Charles and Ryan talk about how they first met (2:40), the role of an agent (5:34), Charles’ transition to founding MACRO (10:27), Charles’ role in the launch of Proximity (23:30), the making of Judas the Black Messiah (26:00), and their Prox Recs for working in the entertainment business (40:03).

    Learn more and read the transcript of this conversation at ProximityMedia.com.

    CONNECT WITH PROXIMITY MEDIA:

    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. We’re also on YouTube.

    Learn more at ProximityMedia.com.

    Text PROX to 510-998-3176 or head to subtext.to/prox for updates on new episodes and latest projects from Proximity Media.

    CREDITS:

    In Proximity is a production of Proximity Media.

    Producer: Paola Mardo

    Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Paola Mardo

    Theme Song and Additional Music: Ludwig Göransson

    Sound Designer and Mix Engineer: Ken Nana

    Episode Editor and Production Assistant: Polina Cherezova

    30 April 2023, 7:00 am
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