Tyler Perry Studios

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Tyler Perry Studios
Private
IndustryProduction studio
GenreFilm, Play and Television shows
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
FounderTyler Perry
Headquarters,
Area served
United States
Key people
Tyler Perry (CEO)
Michelle Sneed (President)
Mark E. Swinton (Senior Vice President)
RevenueIncreaseUS$900 million (FY 2016)[1]
OwnerTyler Perry
DivisionsThe Tyler Perry Foundation
Subsidiaries34 Street Films
BET+
Websitetylerperry.com

Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) is an American film production studio in Atlanta, Georgia founded by actor, filmmaker, and playwright Tyler Perry in 2006.

In 2019, Tyler Perry celebrated the grand opening of his newest Atlanta studio location; he purchased 330 acres of the former Fort McPherson complex in 2015 to make it the new home of Tyler Perry Studios.[2] Tyler Perry Studios is one of the largest film production studios in the nation and established Tyler Perry as the first African-American to outright own a major film production studio.[3] Through 34th Street Films, a production arm of Tyler Perry Studios, Perry guides the work of other filmmakers.[4]

In 2018, Tyler Perry sold his previous studio location opened in 2008 to another film production company.[5] The previous studio location occupied two former Delta Air Lines affiliated buildings in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta, and included 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of sets and office space.[6]

Tyler Perry Studios was first established as The Tyler Perry Company, Inc., and was rebranded as Tyler Perry Studios in 2006. Besides Perry's own projects, other projects have filmed there such as The Walking Dead and Black Panther.

History[edit]

Perry has full ownership of his movies, and Lions Gate Entertainment serves as his distributor for all of his films (with the exception of Nobody’s Fool, which was distributed by Paramount Pictures).[7] His first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, produced on a budget of $5.5 million, became an unexpected commercial success prompting widespread discussion among industry watchers about whether middle-class African-Americans were simply not being addressed by mainstream Hollywood movies. Its final gross box office receipts were $50.6 million, although it was critically panned scoring only 16 percent approval rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.[8] On its opening weekend, February 24, 2006, Perry's film version of Madea's Family Reunion opened at #1 with $30.3 million. The film eventually grossed $65 million and, like Diary, almost all of it in the United States. The film was jump-started by an hour-long appearance by Perry and his co-stars on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[9]

His next project for Lions Gate, Daddy's Little Girls, starring Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2007. It grossed over $31 million.[10] Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in his next movie, Why Did I Get Married?, which was released on October 12, 2007. It opened as the top-grossing movie in its first weekend, earning $21.4 million at the box office. It is loosely based on the play which Perry wrote in 2004. Filming began March 5, 2007, in Whistler, British Columbia, Vancouver, then Atlanta, where Perry opened his own studio. Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott, and Tasha Smith appear in the film. Perry's 2008 film, Meet the Browns, which was released on March 21, opened at #2 with a $20,082,809 weekend gross.[11] The Family That Preys opened on September 12, 2008, and grossed over $35.1 million as of October. Madea Goes to Jail opened at #1 on February 20, 2009, grossing $41 million and becoming his largest opening to date. This was Perry's seventh film with Lions Gate Entertainment.

On May 1, 2012, a four-alarm fire engulfed portions of the studio complex, causing the partial collapse of one building.[12] Less than three months later, another fire broke out on the roof of another building on the morning of August 27, 2012.

Studio locations[edit]

Before moving to its first southwest Atlanta location in 2008, the studios used the former studio space at 99 Krog Street in Inman Park on the BeltLine in central Atlanta. Perry had purchased the land from Atlanta Stage Works in 2006 for a reported $7 million.[13] The studios were later converted into the Krog Street Market.

In 2019, Tyler Perry Studios opened its newest location in southwest Atlanta; it officially moved into 330 acres of the former Fort McPherson complex purchased in 2015.[14] The 330-acre studio has 50,000 square feet of the site dedicated to standing permanent sets, including a replica of a luxury hotel lobby, a White House replica, a 16,000-square-foot mansion, a mock cheap hotel, a trailer park set, and a real 1950s-style diner that was relocated from a town 100 miles away; it also hosts 12 soundstages named after highly accomplished African-Americans in the entertainment industry.[15][16] The soundstage dedications include Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, John Singleton, Della Reese, Sir Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, and Denzel Washington.[17]

34th Street Films[edit]

34th Street Films is a studio within Tyler Perry Studios that is for non-comedy films. Tyler also uses this name for producing other productions not written by him. The first film released from 34th Street Films is For Colored Girls which is based on the 1975 award-winning stage play about the lives of eight African-American women and the issues they face. The second film distributed by 34th Street Films is Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. Peeples is about a guy proposing to his girlfriend who has to go meet her wealthy, well-off Hamptons family at their Sag Harbor, New York mansion.

Production history[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Tyler Perry's Role
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman No Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Yes Yes Yes No
2007 Why Did I Get Married? Yes Yes Yes Yes Terry Bob
2008 Meet the Browns Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe
2008 The Family That Preys Yes Yes Yes Yes Ben
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2009 I Can Do Bad All by Myself Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe
2009 Precious No No Yes No
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Yes Yes Yes Yes Terry Bob
2010 For Colored Girls Yes Yes Yes No
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe
2012 Good Deeds Yes Yes Yes Yes Wesley Deeds
2012 Alex Cross No No No Yes Alex Cross
2012 Madea's Witness Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Yes Yes Yes No
2013 Peeples No No Yes No
2013 A Madea Christmas Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2014 The Single Moms Club Yes Yes Yes Yes TK
2015 Madea's Tough Love No No Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2016 Boo! A Madea Halloween Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2017 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2018 Acrimony Yes Yes Yes No
2018 Nobody's Fool Yes Yes Yes No
2019

A Madea Family Funeral

Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian / Heathrow

Television[edit]

Year Show Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Tyler Perry's Role
2006–2012 House of Payne Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2009–2011 Meet the Browns Yes Yes Yes No
2011–2017 For Better or Worse Yes Yes Yes No
2013–present The Haves and the Have Nots Yes Yes Yes No
2013–2017 Love Thy Neighbor Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2014–present If Loving You Is Wrong Yes Yes Yes No
2016–2017 Too Close to Home Yes Yes Yes No
2018 The Paynes Yes Yes Yes No
2019 The Oval Yes Yes Yes No
2019 Sistas Yes Yes Yes No

Plays[edit]

Year Play Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Tyler Perry's Role
1998 I Know I've Been Changed Yes Yes Yes Yes Joe
2000 I Can Do Bad All by Myself Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2001 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Yes Yes Yes Yes Daddy Charles / Madea
2002 Madea's Family Reunion Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2003 Madea's Class Reunion Yes Yes Yes Yes Dr. Willie Leroy Jones / Madea
2004 Why Did I Get Married? Yes Yes Yes No
2005 Meet the Browns Yes Yes Yes No Madea (voice only)
2006 Madea Goes to Jail Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2007 What's Done in the Dark Yes Yes Yes No
2008 The Marriage Counselor Yes Yes Yes No
2009 Laugh to Keep from Crying Yes Yes Yes No
2010 Madea's Big Happy Family Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2011 A Madea Christmas Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2011 Aunt Bam's Place Yes Yes Yes No
2011 I Don't Want To Do Wrong! Yes Yes Yes No
2012 The Haves and the Have Nots Yes Yes Yes No
2012 Madea Gets a Job Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2013 Madea's Neighbors from Hell Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2014 Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned Yes Yes Yes No
2015 Madea on the Run Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2019 Madea's Farewell Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?id=tylerperry.htm
  2. ^ https://www.indiewire.com/2019/10/tyler-perry-interview-atlanta-studio-1202177041/
  3. ^ https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-tyler-perry-guided-tour-20161016-snap-story.html
  4. ^ Ty-Light Zone Archived 2009-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ https://shoppeblack.us/2019/01/tyler-perry-sells-studio/
  6. ^ Tyler Perry Unveils Studio
  7. ^ Christian, Margena A., Becoming Tyler.Ebony. Oct. 2008: 78.
  8. ^ "Diary of Mad Black Woman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  9. ^ Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
  10. ^ Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
  11. ^ Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results
  12. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/fire-strikes-tyler-perry-1429587.html?cxntlid=brkng_nws_bnr
  13. ^ "Filmmakers have Georgia on their minds", Todd Longwell, The Hollywood Reporter as reported on Houghton Talent site
  14. ^ Braxton, Greg (2019-10-02). "Tyler Perry Studios, the house 'Madea' built, becomes a landmark for black Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  15. ^ https://www.indiewire.com/2019/10/tyler-perry-interview-atlanta-studio-1202177041/
  16. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/movies/tyler-perry-atlanta.html
  17. ^ Murray, Cori. "A Look Inside Tyler Perry's Epic Tribute To Black Hollywood". Essence. Retrieved 7 October 2019.

External links[edit]

www.tylerperry.com