How To Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios, which produces the ABC drama series. Under the pact, Davis and her partner Julius Tennon will develop new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services through their production company, JuVee Productions, for ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature.
As part of the deal, JuVee has brought in Andrew Wang to serve as Head of Television Development and Production. Wang comes from Bravo, where he was VP and head of Scripted Television Development and Production, overseeing the network’s foray into original scripted programming, including the development and launch of Bravo’s breakout first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, as well as followups Odd Mom Out and the upcoming My So-Called Wife.
Wang’s departure follows the NBCU executive restructuring in February that consolidated the scripted operations of USA, Syfy, Bravo and E! under Syfy’s Bill McGoldrick. USA Network’s head of scripted Jackie de Crinis also recently departed, segueing to producing with an UCP overall deal.
“Our goal has always been to champion bold, authentic, and courageous voices and Andrew Wang is just that,” said Tennon. “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.”
JuVee Productions previously partnered with ABC Studios during the 2014-15 season on the development of legal drama Conviction for ABC, written by Ayanna Floyd (Empire) and executive produced by Debra Martin Chase. The project, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI, known as the toughest woman in Detroit, was recently set up at TNT.
“We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture,” said Davis. “We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn’t want to wait.”
Two-time Oscar nominee Davis made history last fall, becoming the first African American woman to win a best actress in a drama series Emmy Award for her role as Annalise Keating on HTGAWM.
JuVee Productions is repped by CAA.