Disney has announced that multi talented director, producer and writer Prentice Penny has signed an overall deal to develop and produce content for the Onyx Collective.  

What’s Happening:

  • Disney has announced that Prentice Penny has entered into a new, multiyear overall deal with Disney’s Onyx Collective.
  • Under this new deal, Penny will produce, write and direct new projects through his production company, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment.
  • These projects will be distributed across all Disney platforms, including Hulu, which serves as the primary home for Onyx Collective titles.
  • Penny and A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment will be able to develop projects that Penny would produce, write and/or direct himself, as well as develop and supervise projects from other writers.
  • Chris Pollack, Penny’s partner and president of the production company and Alex Soler from the company’s development team will join Penny on this venture and will continue in their respective roles.
  • A multimedia production company, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment specializes in content that explores the nuances of human experience through diverse characters and storylines.
  • Along with its scripted projects, the company has also ventured into unscripted programming.
  • Penny commented on the news on his Twitter account saying, “So excited to start the next phase of my career with Disney and everyone at the Onyx Collective!”

About Prentice Penny:

  • Penny is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody- and Golden Globe-winning writer, director and producer who has brought his unique voice and sensibilities to some of today’s most beloved projects. Penny’s credits include:
    • Insecure
    • Pause with Sam Jay
    • Uncorked
    • Upscale with Prentice Penny
    • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    • Happy Endings
    • Scrubs
    • Girlfriends

What They’re Saying:

  • Tara Duncan, president, Freeform and Onyx Collective: “When we mapped out our strategy and ideal partners for Onyx Collective, Prentice Penny was at the top of the vision board. Prentice has a depth of experience telling wildly entertaining, culturally specific stories. His prolific ambitions, both as a writer and director, and his unique ability to identify trends make him the perfect creator to help build our brand. I’m honored he chose Onyx Collective to be his creative home.”
  • Prentice Penny: “I could not be more excited to partner with Onyx Collective for the next phase of my career. The second I sat down with Dana and Tara, I knew I wanted to work with them and make this my new home. To be at the ground floor of what Tara and the entire Onyx Collective team wants to be is an honor. The types of projects that Onyx, Chris (Pollack), and my fantastic team want to make line up perfectly. We are also ecstatic that we can continue to foster and develop more one-of-a-kind artists under this deal. As a writer/director/producer, you always want to have as many tools at your disposal to create your art, and all of the various platforms under the Disney brand just made for a beautiful marriage.”