Kerry Washington And Viola Davis Both Sign Development Deals With ABC, Because ABC Knows What’s Up
In a series of moves that proves that not all television studios are idiotic voids full of couches where men roll around in Cheeto crumbs discussing which actresses have the best asses, ABC Studios has recently signed both Viola Davis and Kerry Washington onto killer deals.
The newly minted company headed up by Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon Juvee Productions has now signed a deal with ABC Studios that gives Davis and Tennon creative freedom to create their own Juvee Productions projects under the larger umbrella of ABC.
They started Juvee Productions with the purpose of pulling in more underrepresented talent and telling stories that Hollywood still brushes over, so the fact that they’ll have the added boost of this ABC deal is a game-changer.
Davis told Variety:
We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture. We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn’t want to wait.”
In conjunction with Juvee Production’s new deal with ABC Studios they’ve also added Andrew Wang to their staff, a former vice president of scripted television development at Bravo and the man responsible for the scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” the drama “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” and the upcoming “My So-Called Wife.”
The producer of “Dazed and Confused” and loving husband of Davis, Julius Tennon added his excitement for the addition of Andrew Wang:
“Our goal has always been to champion bold, authentic, and courageous voices and Andrew Wang is just that. Andrew has an outside-the-box mindset and the experience to propel our vision forward, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to our team.”
As if this wasn’t exciting enough news for the state of television and specifically ABC Studio’s wise decision-making skills, all of this came about just days after they signed a comprehensive deal with Kerry Washington.
The deal with Washington will give her creative freedom to go behind the camera and produce work through her recently launched production company Simpson Street. Her production company made it’s first debut with HBO when she launched the movie “Confirmation” in which she brilliantly portrayed Anita Hill.
Washington expressed her excitement for this next season:
“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”
You’re not the only one who’s grateful, Kerry. I am eager and impatient as all get out to see the work that comes out of both of these deals.