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We previously reported that ABC Studios expanded their relationship with two of the network’s biggest stars – Scandal’s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder‘s Viola Davis. Each had inked individual overall deals with ABC, and with the new agreements, both actresses will create new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services through their respective production companies – JuVee Productions (Viola Davis, along with partner Julius Tennon); and Simpson Street (Kerry Washington).
Simpson Street already has one project under its belt with the recent original HBO film, Confirmation – the Anita Hill story.
I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.” – Kerry Washington
Under JuVee, Oscar winner Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon are on the move in working to raise $250 million to expand the brand’s development, production and distribution of diverse and inclusive content.
Davis said of the company, Juvee productions, founded by her husband Julius Tennon and herself:
We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture. We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn’t want to wait.”
JuVee’s most recent project was Custody, which aired on Lifetime network.