Peter Atencio (1999) 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.
Iyabo Boyd (2002) is a graduate of NYU’s Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. She has produced, written and directed numerous documentaries and feature films, and is the founder of Brown Girls Doc Mafia.
“Brown Girls Doc Mafia is an initiative advocating for over 4,500 women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary film industry around the world. We fight inequality by building community and sharing resources, nourishing our creative brilliance, demanding access and visibility in creative and professional environments, enriching our community with the knowledge to sustain ourselves financially, and by cutting through oppressive industry structures to advocate for our members.”
Kimberly Greenwell (2012) is currently working for Canvas Credit Union as their media production specialist. She spent about 4 years after college hustling REALLY hard for a video production company where she was the only woman on the team.
Says Greenwell: “There are a lot of weird stigmas and perceptions in the film/video industry – part of me felt like I was “selling out” moving on to such a large corporation. But I’ve actually discovered I’m able to be much more creative – because the entire mission of the business isn’t just to make videos – it’s just a small part of what we do to tell the company’s story/market ourselves. I’m a lot more appreciated for my creative gifts in this environment because the majority of the people at the company are finance professionals. I also went from an account management role (writing emails all day) to actually shooting commercials airing on tv and taking photos that will end up on billboards. So I don’t know what I was thinking when I thought I was “selling out” – I’ve ended up exactly where I want to be – simply creating things.”