Disney Launches Onyx Collective for Creators of Color on Hulu


Disney General Entertainment has launched Onyx Collective, a new content brand on Hulu designed to curate a slate of premium entertainment by creators of color and underrepresented voices.

Hulu will serve as the primary home for Onyx Collective titles, though creators under the Onyx Collective brand will have access to all Disney platforms. Further, select titles will be available internationally on Disney+ as part of the Star general entertainment offering. Onyx Collective will be led by Tara Duncan.

The recently acquired documentary Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised) is the first official project under the Onyx Collective brand. Additionally, The 1619 Project, based on materials from The New York Times Magazine and Nikole Hannah-Jones’s acclaimed work by the same name and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate, will launch on Hulu on a date yet to be announced.

Onyx Collective will be home to such creators as comedian Natasha Rothwell, who has been signed to an overall deal. Additionally, all non-Marvel titles produced by Ryan Coogler’s Proximity will be shepherded by Duncan under the Onyx Collective brand.

Dana Walden, chairman of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television, said: “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. 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.”