ABC News’ Jacqueline Glover and Freeform’s Jihan Robinson have been tapped to spearhead the non-fiction slate at Disney General Entertainment’s newly minted content brand, Onyx Collective.
Glover (pictured left) takes up the post of documentary programming head while Robinson (right) will serve as vice president, documentary programming.
The executives will report to and work closely with Tara Duncan, president of Freeform and Onyx Collective, to build the brand’s roster of creators of color as well as produce and develop non-fiction projects.
Glover will continue to serve as head of documentaries at ABC News and Robinson will also continue in her current role as vice president, alternative programming, at Freeform.
The duo will oversee The 1619 Project, based on materials from The New York Times Magazine and Nikole Hannah-Jones’s work by the same name.
Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate and The New York Times, the project will land at Hulu on a yet-to-be announced date.
Onyx Collective’s non-fiction slate includes the recently acquired documentary Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised), winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by Questlove, the film will be released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and begin streaming on Hulu July 2.
Onyx Collective, announced in May, is designed to curate a slate of premium entertainment programming by creators of color and underrepresented voices.
At ABC News, Glover is responsible for managing the network’s burgeoning feature documentary business. Formerly senior vice president, HBO Documentary Films, Glover was part of the team that oversaw all aspects of the department’s programming, including development, acquisitions and production.
Robinson, meanwhile, oversees non-fiction and alternative content for Disney’s youth-skewing net Freeform. Prior to joining Disney General Entertainment, Robinson was head of documentaries at Quibi, where she oversaw the strategy, development and production of all documentary programming.
Before Quibi, Robinson acted as vice president of non-fiction programming at Topic Studios, where she oversaw the financing, development and production of documentary series and feature film. She previously held roles in the original documentaries divisions of Netflix and HBO Documentary Films and is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Disney+ sets airdate for Behind the Attraction
In other Disney non-fiction news, Disney+ is set to premiere the 10-part original series Behind the Attraction, from Seven Bucks Productions and The Nacelle Company, next month.
Narrated by Paget Brewster, the series features interviews with the late Walt Disney, as well as with Disney legends — those recognized in the company’s Hall of Fame program.
It will also include interviews with dozens of past and present “imagineers” — those who work at Disney’s research and development arm — including Bob Weis, Jeanette Lomboy, Kim Irvine, Scott Trowbridge, Tom Fitzgerald, Scot Drake, Carmen Smith, Joe Rohde and others who share how the parks and Disney attractions were brought to life.
Behind the Attraction is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, and Kevin Hill from Seven Bucks Productions and Brian Volk-Weiss, Robin Henry, and Cisco Henson from The Nacelle Company. Volk-Weiss directs the series.
All 10 episodes will roll out on the streaming service July 16.