Disney’s Onyx Collective has signed a new exclusive overall deal with Erika Green Swafford, who was the writer and producer on “New Amsterdam”, along with “The Mentalist” and “How to Get Away With Murder”.
Under this new deal, Erika Green Swafford will develop television projects exclusively for Onyx, with a focus on drama series, which she will produce through her production company, Chocolate Girl Wonder. In addition to expanding the scope of stories and characters seen on TV through her own development, Green Swafford is committed to acting as a ladder for other underrepresented creatives.
Tara Duncan, President, Freeform & Onyx Collective said in a statement:
“Erika is an experienced TV writer with a penchant for nurturing original ideas and shepherding new voices. We are thrilled to add her voice to our roster of storytellers.”
Erika Green Swafford added:
“I am excited to be collaborating in the fertile soil of Onyx Collective and to be counted in their number of immensely talented creatives expanding what’s possible,” she said.
Onyx Collective is a new content brand formed under Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE) 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; docuseries “Gigante,” featuring Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger); and comedy series “Unprisoned,” executive produced and starring Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo.
The brand’s roster of prolific creators also includes writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell (“Insecure,” “SNL”), writer, producer and director Prentice Penny’s Penny for Your Thoughts, Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Black Panther”) and writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”) and his production company Family Owned.
Source – Deadline