Viola Davis and Julius Tennon (husband and wife team) started JuVee Productions in 2011 with the intention of producing films, television shows, and new media that represented the underrepresented.
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.
Works Known For
Head Games is a documentary by Steve James in which he paints a horrific picture of the long-term effects head injuries (concussions specifically) have on football players in the NFL.
Head Games won Best Documentary at the 2012 Boston Film Festival and Roger Ebert gave the film three stars and called Head Games one of the year's "best documentaries." Budget: N/A Domestic Box Office: $14,056 Worldwide Box Office: $14,056
The Woman King
Though “The Woman King” has not yet even announced a release date, we can be sure that the inspired tale of the general of the all-female military unit, and her daughter, fighting the French for the freedom of their people shouldn’t be missed. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring Viola Davis, this historical epic depicts the true events that took place in the Kingdon of Dahomey, Africa, in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the Viola Davis-produced short ‘Night Shift’, Olly Jeffries (Tunde Adebimpe) enters the strange world of nightclub attendants. Jeffries is a struggling actor who ends up taking a job as a bathroom attendant in a Hollywood nightclub called The Fix to pay rent. Oddly enough, he finds the work suits him.
Black Don’t Crack
Black Don’t Crack is about three former sorority sisters who lost touch over the years and reunite when it matters most. They realize sometimes it’s okay to crack and when you do, no one will be there for you like your friends. Budget: N/A Domestic Box Office: N/A Worldwide Box Office: N/A
House of Chow
House of Chow is a comedic series on HBO that was developed by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s production company (JuVee Productions). Ken Cheng wrote the pilot and will continue on as one of the executive producers.
Cheng grew up in a restaurant kitchen and has based the show on some of his experiences. House of Chow follows siblings Vicky and Charlie Chow and their reluctant partnership to bring success to their family’s old Chinese restaurant.
Wild Seed, a drama series based on the first of Octavia Butler's “Patternist” books. The tale of 2 African immortals who travel the ages will come to Amazon courtesy of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Production and will be written by author Nnedi Okorafor and Rafiki filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.
The century-old story of Bruce’s Beach will become a scripted TV series. The project, from Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, is currently in development at Amazon Studios. The story takes place near Los Angeles on a beach resort called Bruce’s Beach in the city of Manhattan Beach in the early 1900s. Bruce’s Beach provided opportunities and work for the black community that was not available in other beach areas.
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s Juvee Productions along with Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong’s SixtyFourSixty are working with Claire McCarthy who is both director and writer of the script, based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber. Viola Davis is set to take on the role of Rachel Dupree.
Get on Up
Get on Up is a 2014 American biographical musical drama about the life of singer James Brown. Tate Taylor directed the film and Jez and John-Henry Butterworth wrote it. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd, Dan Aykroyd as Ben Bart, Viola Davis as Susie Brown, Craig Robinson as Maceo Parker, and Octavia Spencer as Aunt Honey. Budget: $30M Domestic Box Office: $30,569,935 Worldwide Box Office: $33,339,868
The First Lady
The drama series ”The First Lady”, starring Viola Davis (executive producer), Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson. Viola Davis will star as former first lady Michelle Obama, Gillian Anderson will star as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Pfeiffer will star as Betty Ford. The series will also be executive produced by Julius Tennon, Jeff Gaspin , Brad Kaplan, and author Aaron Cooley, who created the series and will write. This series will take an in-depth look at the personal and political lives of the three women. Season one focuses on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt. ##The Last Defense
Executive producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon "The Last Defense" is a seven-episode docu-series exploring and exposing flaws in the American justice system by examining the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones. The series will trace the path that led Darlie Routier and Julius Jones to their places on death row.
Lila and Eve
Amazon Studios released the TV series, Fast Color, in 2019. Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, features three generations of black women, Ruth, her mom Bo, and Ruth’s daughter Lila, at the center of an original science fiction world. Budget: N/A Domestic Box Office:$76,916 Worldwide Box Office: N/A
Giving Voice was released at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 and was picked up shortly after and released by Netflix in December 2020. Giving Voice was produced by Juluis Tennon and Viola Davis and stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The film follows 6 students as they advance through the August Wilson Monologue Competition for a shot to perform on Broadway.
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Phone: (818) 557-1255 Address: 500 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505.