Is Disney Sparkle simply a matter of time? Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE) has established the Onyx Collective as a new content brand designed to curate a slate of premium programming by creators of color and underrepresented voices. Onyx Collective ushers an exciting slate of content for a global audience, including critically acclaimed debut project Questlove’s Oscar®-winning documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised); The Hair Tales, from executive producers Tracee Ellis Ross, Michaela angela Davis and Oprah Winfrey; legal drama Reasonable Doubt, from executive producers Raamla Mohamed, Kerry Washington and Larry Wilmore; limited series The Plot, executive produced and starring two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali; award-winning documentary, Aftershock, from directors Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee, docu-series Gigante, featuring Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger), and comedy series Unprisoned, executive produced and starring Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo.
Disney’s Onyx Collective announced a Feb. 24, 2023, streaming premiere date for its first narrative feature film, Bruiser, following its theatrical release on Dec. 2. In director Miles Warren’s searing feature debut about fathers, families and the effects of toxic masculinity, 14-year-old Darious (Jalyn Hall) explores the boundaries of his manhood through tumultuous interactions with Malcolm (Shamier Anderson), his strict but loving father, and Porter (Trevante Rhodes), a charismatic drifter. When Darious learns Porter’s true identity, he is thrust into a conflict between the two men that may rip his family apart and threaten his safety.
The brand also boasts prolific creators, including Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media (Judas and the Black Messiah, Black Panther), writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and his production company Family Owned, writer, producer and director Prentice Penny’s Penny for Your Thoughts, writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell (Insecure, SNL), writer-producer Erika Green Swafford and her production company Chocolate Girl Wonder, Yara Shahidi with her 7th Sun Production Company, and most recently writer-producer Jason Kim (“Barry,” “KPOP”).