Last Defense screening at The Capital City Black Film Festival in Austin
Ending Childhood Hunger
with Viola Davis
"Everything you can imagine is real."− Pablo Picasso
9/04/2018 The star of the upcoming film “Widows” needed to know what kind of wig or extensions she should wear to play Veronica Rawlins, the leader of an unlikely band of robbers scrambling to pull off a dangerous heist. Director Steve McQueen’s answer shocked the Emmy-, Tony- and Oscar-winning actress.
8/23/2018 The network is teaming with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions to develop the hourlong drama ‘Ohana. The potential series is based on Kiana Davenport’s 1994 novel Shark Dialogues and follows four hapa women who reunite when their grandmother, a mystic known as a kahuna, dies mysteriously and leaves them the family plantation.
7/27/2018 Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is going to take another look at the case, and Jones’ lawyer is crediting The Last Defense for bringing national attention to racism in the criminal justice system.
7/17/2018 When husband and wife team Viola Davis and Julius Tennon started JuVee Productions in 2011, they wanted to create a platform for underrepresented voices to share their stories.
7/11/2018 The Last Defense will highlight the possibility of racism in the court’s decision and a lack of solid evidence. The trailer focuses briefly on a red bandana, worn by the killer during the fatal shooting. The Last Defense notes the bandana, which was submitted into evidence, was never tested for DNA evidence.
6/12/2018 Viola Davis is serving as an executive producer alongside Julius Tennon for a new ABC documentary series, The Last Defense, which will take an in-depth look at two past death row cases: Darlie Routier and Julius Jones.
5/12/2018 Yolonda Brinkley, creator of Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes, the independent filmmaker movement promoting inclusion at the world’s most prestigious film event, is pleased to bring diversity to the 71st Festival de Cannes. With support from Viola Davis and Juilus Tennon’s JuVee Productions and Ajuua Entertainment.
4/4/2018 The seven-episode docu-series explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system through emotional, in-depth examinations of multiple death row cases.
3/07/2018 Inspired by the book and its curated collection of photographs and stories, Dandy Lions will chart the history of the Black Dandy fashion and style movement
3/01/2018 TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to The Woman King, a film inspired by true events
2/20/2018 Duo Bert & Bertie are also attached to direct “Troupe Zero” for Amazon from a script by Lucy Alibar, with Todd Black producing.
2/06/2018 The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar, was the most watched cable television broadcasts on February 3rd for its time slot. The Lifetime original movie drew in an impressive 1.8 million viewers.
2/03/2018 At aTVFest 2018, Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang presented an episode followed by a Q&A.
1/25/2018 Julius Tennon & Gwen Carr discuss the TV ONE docuseries #TwoSides on Build Series NYC.
1/24/2018 Julius Tennon, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Samira Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, discuss the crime and justice documentary #TwoSides on the Megyn Kelly Today Show.
1/22/2018 A new documentary series called “Two Sides” dives deep into the events surrounding the deaths of four black people at the hands of police–and tells the stories from the perspective of both law enforcement and the victims.
1/21/2018 A new series tackles police killing, both from the victims’ standpoint and the officer’s
1/20/2018 Viola Davis is bringing her real life investigative skills to the small screen, with new TV One documentary series Two Sides of the Truth. The show will look at four notable accounts of police encounters that ended up fatal.
10/04/2017 Universal Pictures has has won an auction and has optioned from The Jackal Group the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You, which the studio will mount a star vehicle for Oscar-winning Fences star Viola Davis, with Girls Trip helmer Malcolm D. Lee directing.
10/04/2017 How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis has teamed with Insecure co-creator Larry Wilmore for Black Don’t Crack, a multi-camera comedy, which has sold to ABC.
09/24/2017 The wife-and-husband team set up their own production company to tackle Hollywood’s persistent diversity problem
08/07/2017 On the red carpet at ABC’s party for the Television Critics Association Summer Tour, “American Koko” Executive Producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon share kind words with Access Hollywood about series star and fellow EP Diarra Kilpatrick – watch Diarra’s sweet reaction!
07/19/2017 Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon’s company, JuVee Productions, is partnering with EveryWhere Studios to produce a movie adaptation of Rachel Lloyd’s critically acclaimed novel “Girl’s Like Us.”
07/13/2017 Viola Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on How to Get Away with Murder.
06/19/2017 ABC’s streaming service today launched the second season of the Diarra Kilpatrick-created short-form digital comedy series American Koko, in honor of Juneteenth. June 19, known as Juneteenth, commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas (June 19, 1865) and producers Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, felt it was an appropriate date on which to premiere Season 2 of the racially-themed series.
03/12/2017 Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon’s production company JuVee Productions has released a new five-part web series called “Emerging Artist Series,” which highlights the experiences of multiple up-and-coming creatives working in several different areas throughout the entertainment industry.
04/26/2017 Produced for the TV One network by L. Plummer Media in partnership with JuVee Productions, “Two Sides” will dissect and present both points of view of these highly charged cases so the audience can draw their own conclusions after hearing both sides of the story.
03/12/2017 The fund will be used for the development, production and distribution of film and digital content
02/02/2017 JuVee produced film Custody will debut on Lifetime on March 4th at 8/7c.
01/26/2017 There are a number of films about men and women who work odd jobs to make ends meet, but Marshall Tyler’s Night Shift may be the first to shed light on an oft-invisible figure.
01/24/2017 The actress received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance opposite Denzel Washington in Fences.
01/08/2017 Viola Davis, after five nominations, wins her first Golden Globes.
10/28/2016 The Zipcoders’ is based on an original idea about a group of black teens growing up in Texas and their quest to form a band like The Beatles.
10/20/2016 ABC is developing Head Games, a neurotic thriller drama from The Art of More creator Chuck Rose, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon’ JuVee Productions and ABC Studios.
9/10/2016 Viola Davis was already set to produce period drama The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree, and has now been confirmed to star in the pic.
7/18/2016 ABC’s streaming service ABCd has acquired American Koko, the digital series created by and starring Diarra Kilpatrick.
4/28/2016 How To Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios, which produces the ABC drama series…..
4/17/2016 Viola Davis and Raúl Esparza are among the theatre stars featured in the family court drama…..
3/22/2016 TNT is developing Conviction, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI, known as the toughest woman in Detroit….
2/1/2016 Congratulations to Viola Davis on her 2016 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series! This marks her second straight SAG Award…
11/15/2015 Released online this morning, here’s the JuVee Productions short film, whose trailer I shared on this blog a month ago, titled ‘The Brink.’
9/22/2015 On Sunday night, Viola Davis became the first African American ever to win best actress in a drama series, for her role on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.
6/24/2015 To celebrate the release of “Lila & Eve,” a new feature film release starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, JuVee Productions has announced the launch of the Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez Trivia Game. The Samuel Goldwyn distributed film represents the first co-star pairing of Davis and Lopez and centers around two distraught mothers who, after local authorities fail to take action, team up to avenge the deaths of their children8after a gang-related drive-by.
6/10/2015 In THR’s roundtable, six Emmy contenders — including Lizzy Caplan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange and Ruth Wilson — speak candidly…..
6/08/2015 Jane Fonda, Viola Davis on Tackling Serious Issues With Their Characters…..
4/27/2015 Viola Davis is attached to star in an HBO telepic about the life of Harriet Tubman, the activist who helped devise a system that allowed hundreds of slaves to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad…..
2/26/2015 Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Charles Stone III’s “Lila and Eve,” starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez….
11/25/2014 Sundance Film Festival will premiere Lila & Eve starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez…
11/25/2014 Viola Davis, who portrays tough-as-nails law professor/defense attorney Annalise Keating on ABC’s breakout hit How To Get Away With Murder, is set to produce another ABC drama project about a powerful female lawyer, this time on the other side of the courtroom aisle…
12/20/2013 Viola Davis has joined the cast of “Get On Up” which is an upcoming movie that will chronicle popstars James Brown’s rise from poverty and a bad home life to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history. The movie is directed by Tate Taylor and written by Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, Nelsan Ellis and Tika Sumpter.
08/08/2014 Viola Davis has joined the cast of “Get On Up” which is an upcoming movie that will chronicle popstars James Brown’s rise from poverty and a bad home life to becoming one of the most influential musicians in history. The movie is directed by Tate Taylor and written by Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, Nelsan Ellis and Tika Sumpter.
11/11/2013 The critically acclaimed show received awards for ‘Best Playwright,’ ‘Best Producer,’ and ‘Best Lighting Design.’ Produced by Julius Tennon and Viola Davis along with Alex Morris, Vanessa Paul, and Robey Theatre Co.’s Ben Guillory where the production ran April through May of last year…
10/25/2013 Hollywood’s New Leaders and 10 Assistants to Watch, along with their guests, mingled in the wide aisles of the Theory clothing boutique in West Hollywood on Oct. 24 at the Variety event celebrating the new generation of leadership in entertainment. The crowd included agents, managers…
09/04/2013 Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) takes place from September 26-28, 2013 in Austin, Texas and exists to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their works in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers.
04/18/2012 Her life tells a story of personal and professional excellence. Viola, 46, has given her stage and screen characters true presence, depth and authenticity because of her uncompromising real-life character.