Viola Davis’ production company JuVee Productions has released a five-part web series titled Emerging Artist Series, which highlights the experiences of multiple up-and-coming creatives working in several different areas throughout the entertainment industry.
“We put this series together because we wanted to give artists a platform to share their experiences. It’s an important part of the inclusion conversation happening now in Hollywood that’s often overlooked…simply giving people the space to be heard,” Davis’ husband and partner Julius Tennon said.
Directed by Lisa Nicole Bell, each one-to-four-minute episode highlights one artist as they discuss their visions of Hollywood success and diverse representation. Those profiled include actress Diarra Kilpatrick, producer Stephen Love Jr., visual effects director Lauren Ellis, writer and director Marshall Tyler, and producer Blake Pickens.
The web series comes on the heels of the April announcement that JuVee Productions is raising $250,000,000 in a global expansion plan to develop, finance, produce, and distribute diverse and inclusive film and digital content
JuVee Productions develops and produces independent film, television, theater, and digital content across all platforms. Their goal is to produce narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices with hopes of becoming 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.
Their most recent project is the courtroom drama Custody which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and recently aired on the Lifetime network. Their short film Night Shift premiered at Sundance Film Festival this past January. Their project slate includes the film adaptation of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree which Viola Davis is also starring in, a biopic on Barbara Jordan with also Davis also starring, and a TV period drama at ABC titled The Zipcoders, set in 1968, about a group of black teenagers who form a rock ‘n’ roll band and aspire to be like The Beatles.