Peter Atencio is an Emmy-nominated television and film director, producer, and writer based in Los Angeles. After breaking through as the director and producer of the hit sketch comedy show Key & Peele, he transitioned with that duo to the world of feature films with 2016’s KEANU, an action comedy for Warner Bros. More recently, he directed and produced the Amazon Studios original series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, alongside fellow executive producers Ridley Scott and Dave Callaham, who also wrote the show.
Currently he’s developing the feature film Fraggle Rock for The Jim Henson Company and New Regency Pictures and directing and producing the television drama Whiskey Cavalier for Warner Bros. and the ABC network. In addition to film and television, he also is a prolific commercial director. He has worked with a variety of clients, including brands such as Pepsi, Taco Bell, Twitter, Honda, and more. His collective work has been viewed over 1.5 billion times on streaming services, making his work some of the most widely recognized pop culture in the world.
He’s been nominated for three prime-time Emmy awards, winning one for Best Variety Sketch series for Key & Peele in 2016. He also won a Peabody Award in 2016 and an American Comedy Award for best comedy director, and has won numerous advertising industry awards including three Clio Awards. When he’s not busy making unique, entertaining, and visually stunning works, he keeps himself busy by writing profiles in the third person.