Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon’s company, JuVee Productions, is set to join forces with EveryWhere Studios to produce a movie adaptation of Rachel Lloyd’s critically acclaimed novel Girl’s Like Us.
The book Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale revolves around Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story on how she escaped from the commercial sex industry.
“Viola and I are thrilled to work with the team at EveryWhere Studios,” Tennons said. “We’re moved by Rachel’s story and impressed by her commitment to helping these girls find their voice and changing the narrative on how society views them.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Viola, Julius, and their team,” said EveryWhere Studios CEO Tom Mazza. “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect synergistic partner than JuVee, with a common vision for storytelling and passion for bringing issues that plague our society to the big screen.”
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.