Roger M. Bobb
Roger Marcellus Bobb is the President and CEO of Bobbcat Films a film and television production company based in Atlanta, GA. Prior to creating Bobbcat Films, Bobb served as the Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios. He was the producer for hit television shows Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet The Browns, and he is the producer of eleven Tyler Perry films. .
Bobb was born in Etobicoke, Ontario of Guyanese parents. Raised in Brooklyn, Roger's film career began in 1995 when he was accepted into the Directors Guild of America's Assistant Director Trainee program. Roger was fortunate to work with such legendary directors as Woody Allen, Mike Nichols and James Mangold. Upon graduating from the DGA Assistant Directors Training program, Roger worked within the New York independent film community as an assistant director and quickly rose to the rank of producer. Roger was the youngest African-American First AD member of the Directors Guild of America. Roger is the only two time winner of the ""Best Film Award"" at the American Black Film Festival and has won six NAACP Image Awards.
Roger was named one of the "Top 40 executives under 40" by The Network Journal Magazine and has been featured in numerous magazines such as Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise.
Roger is the Executive producer and director of the TVOne sitcom "The Rickey Smiley Show." The show premiered as the highest rated show in TVOne history. Roger was the Supervising Producer of "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" which premiered on TBS as the highest rated first run sitcom in basic cable history. The show has taped over 254 episodes which is more than any other sitcom featuring an African-American cast. Bobb was also the Executive Producer of the sitcom "Meet the Browns," which premiered on TBS as the second highest rated sitcom in basic cable history and has taped over 140 episodes.
Bobb's most recent productions includes the NAACP Nominated film "Raising Izzie" starring Rockmond Dunbar and Vanessa A. Williams and In The Meantime starring Darrin Henson, Kali Hawk and Demetria McKinney. Roger's past film projects include Diary of a Mad Black Woman which grossed over 100 million dollars in theatrical and DVD sales to date. Madea's Family Reunion which grossed over 30 million dollars on its opening weekend and was the #1 film for 2 consecutive weeks and has also grossed over 100 million dollars in theatrical and DVD sales. Roger co-produced Daddy's Little Girls, starring Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba in 2007, which grossed over $31 million. and Why Did I Get Married?, which was released on October 12, 2007. "Why" starred Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott and Tasha Smith opening #1, grossing $21.4 million at the box office that weekend. In 2008, Roger produced Meet the Browns, which opened at #2 with a $20,082,809 weekend gross. and The Family That Preys on September 12, 2008, and grossed over $35 million. With continued success at Tyler Perry Studios in 2009 Roger produced Madea Goes to Jail, grossing $41 million and becoming his largest opening to date, I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Why Did I Get Married Too?, the sequel to Why Did I Get Married?, which featured an award winning cast, Janet Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Louis Gossett Jr., Jill Scott and Malik Yoba. Roger's 10th collaboration with Tyler Perry was the film version of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, released November 5, 2010. Roger's films have grossed over half a billion dollars.
Awards and recognition
In 2012, Roger Bobb was nominated for a seventh NAACP award for directing and producing the television movie "Raising Izzie" starring Rockmond Dunbar, Vanessa A. Williams, Victoria Staley, and Kyla Kenedy. In 2011, Bobb received the Visionary Award by the Caribbean Heritage Organization in Hollywood. He has also won six NAACP Image awards, five for producing the sitcom "House Of Payne" and one for producing the film "For Colored Girls".
- "Cop Land" (1997)
- "Preaching to the Choir" (2005)
- "State Property 2" (2005)
- Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) *Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
- Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TV series) (2006; TV)
- Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
- Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
- Meet The Browns (2008)
- The Family That Preys (2008)
- Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
- I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)
- Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
- For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (2010)
- Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
- Raising Izzie (2012)
- Let The Church Say Amen (2012)
- "New York Undercover"
- "NYPD Blue"
- Tyler Perry's House of Payne
- Meet The Browns
- The Battle (season 2)
- "The Rickey Smiley Show"
- Wheaton, Robert (August–September 2011). Wheaton, Robert, ed. "Caribbean Heritage Salute in Hollywood". CaribPress Newsmagazine (Los Angeles): 21. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- Under Forty Class of 2006”
- Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
- Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results
- "More Than 'Madea': Tyler Perry Changes Course", All Things Considered, March 8, 2010.