Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s production company 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!

Tennon expressed the company’s ambitious goals in a press statement noting, “The shift in storytelling should be inclusive and we aim to make it a reality.”

JuVee Productions was launched in 2012 and is based in Los Angeles. The company develops and produces independent film, television, theater, and digital content across all platforms and seeks to produce economical yet premium, sophisticated, and character-driven stories. Its emphasis is on producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices with a mission 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.

JuVee’s most recent project is the courtroom drama Custody which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and recently aired on the Lifetime network. Its short film Night Shift premiered at this past Sundance Film Festival continues to tour the film festival circuit.

The production company’s upcoming project is the film adaptation of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree which Viola Davis is also starring in; a biopic on Barbara Jordan (the first Southern African American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives), with also Davis also starring; and a TV period series at ABC titled The Zipcoders, set in 1968, about a group of black teenagers form a rock ‘n’ roll band who aspire to be like The Beatles; and there’s also Davis’ Harriet Tubman film with HBO.

With the wide range of diverse content already on its slate, we’re sure JuVee’s most recent effort shall be fruitful for inclusive representation and we wish Davis and Tennon the utmost success! We look forward to the upcoming content!

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