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May 20, 2017

Julius talks about JuVee’s new film The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree and his other half, Viola.

Julius Tennon and Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions is an artist-driven indie that seeks to produce economical yet premium and character-driven stories with an emphasis on narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices. Tennon is at the Cannes Film Festival this week talking up Davis-starrer The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree which Good Universe is selling internationally. QC Entertainment, which is producing the title with JuVee, is co-repping North American rights with CAA.

Tennon, who is attending his first Cannes, sat down this week to discuss the new project as well as JuVee’s mission statement. “We’ve become the company that’s the voice to the voiceless. For us, everything is about inclusion… We know that these talented people exist, but opportunity is really sparse. So while we are not trying to change the industry, what we want to effect is a change so that there’s more doors opening,” says Tennon.

He adds, “It’s always good to see people of color involved. The industry is shifting. What’s happening now is that people of color across the board, not just African Americans but all people of color, want to see a reflection of themselves and there’s proof in the pudding with a lot of these films that have come out.”

QC Entertainment most recently produced and financed, with Blumhouse Productions, Jordan Peele’s box office smash Get Out, which has grossed more than $200 million at the global box office. Universal is releasing and just had a fantastic start in Korea with the title. Tennon and I touched on that film’s success as well as other recent titles like Hidden Figures and Moonlight.

Claire McCarthy writes and directs Rachel Dupree, based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber. It sees the passionately in love Rachel (Davis) and Isaac DuPree head for the Dakota Badlands, chasing their dream of a home for themselves. After years of sacrifice, Rachel finds herself looking back on her dreams as a young woman. As a series of misfortunes befall the family, Rachel loses control of her destiny and she must decide whether to follow the only man she ever loved or to strike a new path of her own.

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May 10, 2017

Deadline shares that Viola’s film The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree has been picked up for international rights by Good Universe and will be shopped at the Cannes Film Festival.

EXCLUSIVE: Good Universe has boarded international rights to Viola Davis starrer The Personal History of Rachel Dupree and will launch sales on the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week. QC Entertainment, which is producing the title with Davis’ JuVee Productions, will co-rep North American rights with CAA.

Claire McCarthy (The Turning) writes and directs, based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber. Davis and her producing partner Julius Tennon optioned the book through their Los Angeles-based JuVee Productions in 2011, and developed the script with McCarthy.

Story sees passionately in love Rachel (Davis) and Isaac DuPree head for the Dakota Badlands, chasing their dream of a home for themselves. After years of sacrifice, Rachel finds herself looking back on her dreams as a young woman. As a series of misfortunes befall the family, Rachel loses control of her destiny and she must decide whether to follow the only man she ever loved or to strike a new path of her own.

Davis produces with Tennon and QC Entertainment’s Shaun Redick and Sean McKittrick with Raymond Mansfield, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Brian Rosen, Su Armstrong and Kaylon Hunt serving as exec producers.

QC Entertainment most recently produced and financed with Blumhouse Productions, Jordan Peele’s box office smash Get Out, which has taken $204.8M at the global box office and counting. Upcoming films from the banner include Zoe Lister-Jones’ directorial debut Band Aid, starring Lister-Jones, Adam Pally and Fred Armisen, which QC financed, produced and sold to IFC for North America and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions following its Sundance premiere in January.

With The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, JuVee continues to expand its worldwide presence. The company is also currently in an overall TV deal with ABC Studios, with American Koko releasing later this year.

This is the second QC title that Good Universe is launching on the Croisette this year: The company recently boarded QC’s Asa Butterfield and Sophie Turner starrer Time Freak for international sales.

Davis is repped by CAA.

May 5, 2017
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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.

“We put this series together because we wanted to give artists a platform to share their experiences. It’s an important part of the inclusion conversation happening now in Hollywood that’s often overlooked…simply giving people the space to be heard,” Tennon said.

The series was produced by Lisa Nicole Bell, who utilized her experience with documentaries and unscripted television to showcase the varying twists and turns of each artist’s journeys.

The web series comes on the heels of the April announcement that JuVee Productions is attempting to raise $250,000,000 in an effort to expand globally and increase their production of diverse and inclusive content. The production company’s latest effort is the short “Night Shift,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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April 26, 2017
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Added a beautiful outtake and two set images from the shoot that Viola recently did for Time magazine.

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April 26, 2017
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Time talked to RuPaul at the Time 100 Gala and he shared his thoughts on Viola.

Among all those included on the 2017 TIME 100, RuPaul would most like to see Viola Davis appear as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race .

“I really would love to have Viola Davis. You know, she’s so soulful, and her emotions are so on the forefront. She’s like the Stevie Wonder of emotions in terms of actors. I love her so much,” he said Tuesday at the TIME 100 Gala. ” Everything she does is so heartfelt. I’m in awe of her ability to bring her emotions so readily. It’s amazing to me.”

RuPaul, who was included in the 2017 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people, also said he has become more of an activist under President Donald Trump’s administration.”I want to show young people how to be active in a way that is in our wheelhouse because what the other side doesn’t have is what we have in abundance, which is love and music, dancing, laughter, color,” he said. “We have to use that because they have nothing to fight that.”

April 26, 2017
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What a beautiful interview with the honorees from the Time 100 Gala last night.

TODAY’s Willie Geist was at Tuesday night’s New York City gala celebrating TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Actors Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds and Leslie Jones were among the A-listers who sat down with Willie, and they all agreed on one thing: Their parents were the biggest influence on them.

April 26, 2017
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Time has shared a video clip of Viola from last night’s Time 100 Gala.

Viola Davis, one of the members of the 2017 TIME 100, gave a moving toast at the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday night.