Viola Davis' Production Company Signs First-Look Film Deal With Amazon

Julius Tennon and  Viola Davis -  European Premiere of "Widows" - Getty-H 2018
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Under the deal, Davis and Julius Tennon will make features for the streaming service.

JuVee Productions, the shingle headed by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, has signed a first look deal with Amazon Studios. 

Under the deal, JuVee will produce feature films for the streaming service. Davis recently worked with the studio on the feature Troupe Zero, starring alongside Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan. 

The JuVee pact comes as big name talent continues to be locked down by streaming services. Amazon has an overall deal with Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films banner and The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano, while Jordan Peele has a first look TV deal with the studio. Amazon also recently signed a production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for eight direct-to-service movies. 

“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,” said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke. “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.”     

“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,” added Davis and Tennon. “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.”