Tyler Perry Studios

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Tyler Perry Studios
TypePrivate
IndustryProduction studio
GenreFilm, play and television shows
Founded2006; 16 years ago (2006)
FounderTyler Perry
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
United States
Key people
Tyler Perry (CEO)
Michelle Sneed (President)
Mark E. Seed (Senior Vice President)
RevenueIncrease US$907 million[1]
OwnerTyler Perry
DivisionsThe Tyler Perry Foundation
Subsidiaries34 Street Films
BET+
Websitetylerperrystudios.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, Perry celebrated the grand opening of his newest Atlanta studio location; he purchased 330 acres (130 ha) of the former Fort McPherson complex in 2015 to make it the new home of Tyler Perry Studios.[2] Tyler Perry Studios is the largest film production studio in the United States, and established 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, Perry sold his previous studio location opened in 2008 to another minority-owned film production company.[5][6] 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.[7]

Tyler Perry Studios is a notable resource for Atlanta's robust economy.[8][9] The company often advertises for film and crew positions at its southwest Atlanta location.[10] 

History[edit]

Perry has full ownership of his films, and Lions Gate Entertainment serves as his distributor for all of his films (with the exception of Nobody's Fool and A Fall from Grace, which was distributed by Paramount Pictures and Netflix respectively due to his new deal with ViacomCBS).[11] His first film, 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.[12] On its opening weekend, February 24, 2006, Perry's film version of Madea's Family Reunion opened at No. 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 daily talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show.[13]

His next project for Lionsgate, Daddy's Little Girls, starring British actor Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2007. It grossed over $31 million.[14] Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in his next film, 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.[15] The Family That Preys opened on September 12, 2008, and grossed over $35.1 million as of October. Madea Goes to Jail opened at No. 1 on February 20, 2009, grossing $41 million and becoming his largest opening to date. This was Perry's seventh film with Lionsgate.

On May 1, 2012, a four-alarm fire engulfed portions of the studio complex, causing the partial collapse of one building.[16] Less than three months later, another fire broke out on the roof of another building on the morning of August 27, 2012. On November 20, 2019, it hosted the MSNBC and Washington Post 2020 Democratic Party presidential debate on the Oprah Winfrey sound stage.[17] It also hosted Miss Universe 2019 on December 8.

In June 2021, Tyler Perry and T.D. Jakes announced they were purchasing over 130 acres in Atlanta including a proposed expansion of Tyler Perry Studios for an entertainment district with theaters, retail shops and restaurants.[18]

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.[19] The studios were later converted into the Krog Street Market.

In 2019, Tyler Perry Studios officially moved into 330 acres (130 ha) of the former Fort McPherson complex in southwest Atlanta.[20] The studio has 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) 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 (1,500 m2) mansion, a mock cheap hotel, a trailer park set, and a real 1950s-style diner that was relocated from a town 100 miles (160 km) away. It has a residential neighborhood cul-de-sac with 12 homes, many of them with actual functioning interiors...furnished and decorated, not simply "facades." It also hosts 12 soundstages named after highly accomplished African-Americans in the entertainment industry.[2][21]

Sets

  • Airplane
  • Bank
  • Baseball Fields
  • Chapel
  • County Jail
  • Modern Courtroom
  • Courtroom
  • Coffee Shop
  • Culdesac
  • Classic Diner
  • Farmhouse
  • Historic District
  • Lakeside Cabin
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Mansion
  • Maxineville
  • Motel
  • Post Theatre
  • Prison Yard
  • Rustic Cabin
  • Tennis Court
  • Theatre
  • Trailer Park
  • White House
  • The Dream Building
  • Greenspace

Production history[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Tyler Perry Company Inc". D&B.
  2. ^ a b Obenson, Tambay (October 3, 2019). "Tyler Perry Is About to Open a Studio Lot That Will Rival Hollywood's, as He Leaves Madea Behind".
  3. ^ "Take a tour of Tyler Perry's massive new studio on a former Army base in Atlanta". Los Angeles Times. October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tyler Perry Biography, Movies & Net Worth". May 5, 2019. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "Meet the creator of one of the nation's first major Latino-owned film studios". 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Tyler Perry Just Sold His Former Studio Lot For $18.5 Million". SHOPPE BLACK. January 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Schilling, Mark (November 4, 2007). "Index sets up China shop".
  8. ^ "Neighbors near Tyler Perry Studios optimistic about possible job opportunities coming to area".
  9. ^ "Metro Atlanta Economic Development Growth Resources & Statistics".
  10. ^ Johnson, Tee (November 4, 2019). "How To Get A Job At Tyler Perry Studios".
  11. ^ Christian, Margena A., Becoming Tyler.Ebony. Oct. 2008: 78.
  12. ^ "Diary of Mad Black Woman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  13. ^ "Madea's Family Reunion". Box Office Mojo.
  14. ^ "Daddy's Little Girls". Box Office Mojo.
  15. ^ "Meet the Browns". Box Office Mojo.
  16. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/fire-strikes-tyler-perry-1429587.html?cxntlid=brkng_nws_bnr
  17. ^ "What The Site Of The Democratic Debate Says About Georgia, Role Of Black Voters". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  18. ^ "Tyler Perry Plans Atlanta Expansion; New Development to Include Theater District, Restaurants, Retail". 17 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Filmmakers have Georgia on their minds", Todd Longwell, The Hollywood Reporter as reported on Houghton Talent site
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Buckley, Cara (October 2, 2019). "Tyler Perry Builds a New Kingdom, With Madea Behind Him". The New York Times.
  22. ^ "Stages at Tyler Perry Studios". Tyler Perry Studios. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h Will Smith (November 1, 2019). Our first visit to Tyler Perry Studios (Video clip). Tyler Perry Studios (Van Horn Rd): Youtube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  24. ^ a b c d e Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala - DEDICATIONS (Video clip). Tyler Perry Studios (Van Horn Rd): Youtube. October 11, 2019. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  25. ^ Gosling and Chazelle talk First Man and shooting in Atlanta
  26. ^ Coming 2 America: How Rapper Rick Ross’s Atlanta Mansion Turned Into Zamunda
  27. ^ Red Notice Filming Locations: It’s A Long Con For This Trio
  28. ^ “Divorce Court” shooting in Atlanta and Lynn Toler needs more local couples
  29. ^ ‘Hawkeye’ To Start Production At Tyler Perry Studios

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