The world of anime is about to welcome Hollywood star Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, her husband and producing partner, into that vibrant world.  

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As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, JuVee Productions, which is Davis and Tennon’s production company, is partnering with N LITE, which interestingly is a Black and Japanese-fronted media company and anime studio.

Now get this: under this partnership, both N LITE and JuVee Productions will co-produce a slate of anime films that are Black and indigenous-fronted. To get their new deal off the ground, they are producing Mfinda, which is reported as “an epic fantasy film by Congolese-American Patience Leiken and N LITE founder Christiano Terry.”


“We are honored to partner with JuVee Productions’ on our slate of afro-anime films. Through this collaboration we hope to spark cultural conversations and ignite the imaginations of audiences around the world, whether they are anime fans or simply fans of timeless storytelling in film,” says Terry in a statement. “With our flagship title, Mfinda, audiences will journey into Congolese culture, and an enchanting world of spirits and ancestors.”

Mfinda was co-written by Terry and Leiken, along with Donald H. Hewitt. Shtajio’s Arthell Isom is co-directing. Mika Abe is going to write the Japanese adaptation of the script.

In addition to their film slate, the JuVee and N LITE partnership will include other media graphic novels, merchandise, and manga. Pretty cool. 

“We are excited to be in business with NLITE bringing the first afro-anime MFINDA to global audiences,” Tennon and Clark were both quoted in an official statement. “This collaboration is a special and timely one and is aligned with JuVee’s continued commitment to  produce content and support talent from underrepresented communities.”