Walt Disney Television’s chairman of entertainment, Dana Walden, has unveiled the Onyx Collective, a new content brand on Hulu designed to curate a slate of premium entertainment by creators of color and underrepresented voices.
Onyx Collective will be led by Tara Duncan (pictured), who has been leading this effort since it was announced last year, she will also continue her role as president of Freeform.
The brand is part of Disney General Entertainment’s commitment to inclusive storytelling from creators of color that resonates in the U.S. and globally. Hulu will serve as a primary home for Onyx Collective titles, though the roster of creators under the Onyx Collective brand will have access to all Disney platforms.
Select titles will also be available internationally on Disney+ as part of the Star general entertainment offering.
“Our industry is immeasurably enriched by the incredible talents of emerging and established creators of color. Launching Onyx Collective allows us to be the best partners to those creators, providing them with the support they need to do their best work,” said Walden. “Tara Duncan is a gifted executive with fantastic instincts. With her leading this talented team, we have the opportunity to tell transformative stories that authentically represent our audience and are essential to our success.”
Duncan added: “We’re building a home where creators of color are inspired, empowered and have unparalleled access to reach audiences around the world. This artist-first approach will make Onyx Collective synonymous with entertaining, brave and bold ideas told from a distinct point of view. I’m humbled by the opportunity and all of the possibilities.”
The first official project under the Onyx Collective brand is the recently acquired documentary Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised). The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and begin streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2, 2021.
In the scripted realm, Onyx Collective will also be home to prolific creators including the recently announced overall deal with writer, comedian Natasha Rothwell (Insecure, SNL). Additionally, all non-Marvel titles produced by Ryan Coogler’s Proximity (Judas and the Black Messiah, Black Panther) will be shepherded by Duncan under the Onyx Collective brand.
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