About

Peter Atencio is an Emmy-winning television and film director, producer, and writer based in Los Angeles. His work - short films, comedy sketches, commercials, and films - has been viewed over 1.5 billion times on various platforms and streaming services, making his work some of the most widely recognized pop culture in the world. 

He cut his teeth in the early 2000s as a director for hire, working on independent features, internet content, and television. After serving as the director and executive producer of the hit sketch comedy show Key & Peele through 2010s, he transitioned with that duo to the world of feature films with 2016's KEANU, an action comedy for Warner Bros. In the latter half of the decade, he directed and produced the Amazon Studios original series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, alongside fellow executive producers Ridley Scott and series creator Dave Callaham. He then transitioned to more international work, moving to the Czech Republic to direct and produce the television action dramedy Whiskey Cavalier for Warner Bros. and the ABC television network. He's currently developing multiple feature film and television projects, including Down Under Cover, an action comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Chris Hemsworth for the Russo Brothers' AGBO productions; and a feature film adaptation of 80s television icon Fraggle Rock for Jim Henson Productions and Regency Pictures. 

In addition to longer form narrative work, he also is a prolific commercial director, having worked with a variety of clients, including brands such as Pepsi, Taco Bell, Twitter, Honda, Groupon, and more.

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 in 2014 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.

He is represented by UTA and Principato-Young Entertainment for film and television projects and RSA films for advertising. To contact Peter:

  • Feature Films - UTA / Jason Burns
  • Television - UTA / Matt Rice
  • Advertising - David Mitchell, Ridley Scott & Associates, USA
  • Manager - Principato-Young Entertainment / Peter Principato