Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions Lands First Look Deal With Amazon Studios

Oscar-winning actress recently wrapped shooting on the studio’s “Troupe Zero”

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Amazon Studios announced on Monday it’s closed a first-look deal with Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions

Under the deal, Davis and Tennon’s production banner will exclusively produce film content for Amazon.

“Amazon Studios is passionate about building a home for both new and established filmmakers of all backgrounds, who share the same vision in telling incredible and engaging human stories,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “Viola and Julius Tennon’s JuVee  Productions brings distinctive, fresh voices and high-quality content to our customers in both theaters and on Prime Video.”

Davis recently wrapped shooting on Amazon Studios’ “Troupe Zero,” also starring Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan. The film is a heartwarming comedy about a band of misfit outcasts is directed by Bert & Bertie, written by Lucy Alibar, and will be released in 2019.

Amazon Studios has also recently locked in production deals with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV for eight direct-to-service movies, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano, and Academy Award winning director Jordan Peele.

“JuVee Productions is beyond excited about our new relationship with Amazon Studios. We share the same vision of creating a vast and rich array of narratives that are inclusive and reflective of our world,” co-Presidents Viola Davis and Julius Tennon said in a statement. “We started this company with a fierce commitment to integrity and the encouragement of emerging and/or established artists who have the courage and talent to be disruptors. We are thrilled that we can continue to share our vision on a global scale alongside Amazon Studios. It is our legacy.”