Viola Davis inks new overall deal with ABC Studios

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Viola Davis is staying put at ABC Studios.

The How to Get Away With Murder star has inked a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the deal, Davis and her husband's JuVee Productions has tapped Andrew Wang to oversee the company's TV development. Together, the trio will create and develop new projects for broadcast, cable and streaming services via ABC Studios and its cable arm, ABC Signature.

Wang, who will serve as head of TV development and production, comes to JuVee from Bravo, where he over his four-year tenure he launched the NBCUniversal-owned cabler into scripted with series including Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, My So-Called Wife and Odd Mom Out.

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"Viola Davis' award-winning work in theater, film and television has provided a powerful foundation to advocate for greater opportunities for communities that are traditionally underrepresented in film and television, and to tell the stories that haven't but need to be told," Wang said. "Viola and Julius' determination to provide these opportunities, and to tell these stories, through new voices and fresh perspectives, in any format, is what excited me about the joining the team at JuVee Productions. We're thrilled to be working with our partners at ABC Studios to bring JuVee's vision to life ... finding new storytellers and bringing their distinct points of view and character journeys to the screen."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Viola Davis attends the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Actresses Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Ellen Pompeo attend the #TGIT premiere event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway on September 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Viola Davis (R) and husband Julius Tennon arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Actress Viola Davis arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - Disney/ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: (L-R) ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' actors Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Katie Findlay, Alfie Enoch, Viola Davis, Liza Weil, Aja Naomi King, Charlie Weber, Jack Falahee and Billy Brown pose for a portrait during ABC's 2014 TCA summer press tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/ABC/ABC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: (Top L-R) Actors Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Alfred Enoch, Katie Findley, Charlie Weber, (Front L-R) Director/Executive Producer Bill D’Elia, Executive producers Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes, Creator/Executive producer Pete Nowalk, actors Viola Davis, Billy Brown and Liza Weil speak onstage at the 'How To Get Away With Murder'' panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Viola Davis arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - Disney/ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Viola Davis is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 6/12/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Viola Davis speaks during Variety Studio Actors on Actors presented by Autograph Collection Hotels on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Variety)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Actress Viola Davis attends the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Viola Davis Viola Davisarrives at the 'HOME' Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre on March 22, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 21: Viola Davis attends the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Viola Davis arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Viola Davis arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Viola Davis poses in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Viola Davis (L) and Julius Tennon attend TNT's 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 25184_021 (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
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JuVee is currently developing legal drama Conviction for TNT with Debra Martin Chase and writer Ayanna Floyd (Empire). The project is inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI, who is known as the toughest woman in Detroit.

"We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multifaceted culture," Davis said. "We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn't want to wait."

Added Tennon: "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."
JuVee is repped by CAA.

Davis joins fellow Shondaland stars Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington with overall deals with the studio behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. All three series are produced by Shonda Rhimes, who has her own massive overall with the studio.


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