Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive first look feature production deal with Viola Davis and actor/producer Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.
JuVee Productions is an artist driven, Los Angeles-based production company that develops and produces independent film, television, theater, and digital content across all spaces of narrative entertainment. JuVee Productions seeks to produce economical yet premium, sophisticated, and character-driven stories. With an emphasis on producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices alike, JuVee Productions aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.
Davis is no stranger to Amazon: she recently wrapped on Amazon Studios’ Troupe Zero, also starring Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan. The heartwarming comedy about a band of misfit outcasts is directed by Bert & Bertie, written by Lucy Alibar, and will be released in 2019.
“Amazon Studios is passionate about building a home for both new and established filmmakers of all backgrounds, who share the same vision in telling incredible and engaging human stories,” says Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Viola and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions brings distinctive, fresh voices and high-quality content to our customers in both theaters and on Prime Video.”
“JuVee Productions is beyond excited about our new relationship with Amazon Studios. We share the same vision of creating a vast and rich array of narratives that are inclusive and reflective of our world,” add co-Presidents Viola Davis and Julius Tennon. “We started this company with a fierce commitment to integrity and the encouragement of emerging and/or established artists who have the courage and talent to be disruptors. We are thrilled that we can continue to share our vision on a global scale alongside Amazon Studios. It is our legacy.”
The news marks a growing arsenal of partnerships agreed by Amazon Studios, which has recently locked in production deals with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for eight direct-to-service movies, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano, and Academy Award winning director Jordan Peele.