Viola Davis
Courtesy of Viola Davis
United States
2020

JuVee Productions

Viola
Davis

After Davis closed out her six-season, Emmy-winning run as Annalise Keating on ABC’s legal thriller “How to Get Away with Murder,” the actor moved full steam ahead on life as a producer. JuVee Productions, Davis’ production company with husband Julius Tennon, expanded the duo’s first-look deal with Amazon Studios. The prodco currently has two TV projects and three films in development with the streamer, including an adaptation of Octavia Butler’s sci-fi book “Wild Seed” and a series adaptation of the supernatural film “Fast Color.” She’s getting Oscar buzz for her Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and she’ll appear in James Gunn’s reboot “The Suicide Squad” — in which she reprises her role as Amanda Waller — and the historical epic “The Woman King,” with Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Old Guard”) attached to direct.

Career

  • THE HELP
  • FENCES
  • HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Education

  • Rhode Island College (RI, USA)
  • The Juilliard School (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Actors to Watch
  • Variety Power of Women

Philanthropy

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Meet the August Wilson Expert Who Wrote 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' for the Screen

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Audiences won't see Ruben Santiago-Hudson on screen in the new Netflix adaptation of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," but theater fans can rest assured that the writer-actor-director -- one of the foremost interpreters of playwright August Wilson's work -- had a major hand in shifting the story from the stage to the screen. He penned the screenplay, which streamlines and reimagines the two-act play into a fleet, 94-minute movie that stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below:His familiarity...

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