Tyler Perry Studios

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Tyler Perry Studios
Private
Industry production studio
Genre Movie, Play and Television shows
Founded 2006; 12 years ago (2006)
Founder Tyler Perry
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Area served
United States
Key people
Tyler Perry (CEO)
Michelle Sneed (President)
Mark E. Swinton (Senior Vice President)
Revenue IncreaseUS$900 million (FY 2016)[1]
Owner Tyler Perry
Divisions The Tyler Perry Foundation
Subsidiaries 34 Street Films
Website tylerperry.com

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

The studio occupies two former Delta Air Lines affiliated buildings in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta, and includes 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of sets and office space. Its opening, in the fall of 2008,[2] was attended by Patti LaBelle, Sidney Poitier, Will Smith, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, and Hank Aaron, among others.[3] Through 34th Street Films, a production arm of Tyler Perry Studios, Perry guides the work of other filmmakers.[4] In 2015, Tyler Perry completed purchase of the former Fort MacPherson complex, and the film studios are in the process of being moved to that location.

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, The Walking Dead also utilizes Tyler Perry Studios to film scenes set in The Kingdom.

History[edit]

Perry has full ownership of his movies, and Lions Gate Entertainment serves as his distributor for all of his films.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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 present 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.[11] The studios are as of 2013 being converted into the Krog Street Market.

In 2014, Tyler Perry Studios announced plans to acquire Fort McPherson, a US Army base in use until 2011, to use it as a production studio.[12] The sale was approved in June 2015.[13] The 330 acres contain 37 houses and buildings, 200 acres of greenery and open space, a corporate headquarters and production facility known as the "Dream Building", and areas planned to become 14 sound stages.[14]

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 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 Yes 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

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–present The Paynes 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?id=tylerperry.htm
  2. ^ http://www.tylerperry.com/studio/
  3. ^ Tyler Perry Unveils Studio
  4. ^ Ty-Light Zone Archived 2009-03-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Christian, Margena A., Becoming Tyler.Ebony. Oct. 2008: 78.
  6. ^ "Diary of Mad Black Woman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  7. ^ Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
  8. ^ Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
  9. ^ Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results
  10. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/fire-strikes-tyler-perry-1429587.html?cxntlid=brkng_nws_bnr
  11. ^ "Filmmakers have Georgia on their minds", Todd Longwell, The Hollywood Reporter as reported on Houghton Talent site
  12. ^ Larry Copeland (September 10, 2014). "Some question Atlanta's land deal with Tyler Perry". USA Today. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  13. ^ Leon Stafford; J. Scott Trubey (June 27, 2015). "Fort McPherson sale to Perry approved". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  14. ^ Greg Braxton (October 13, 2016). "Take a tour of Tyler Perry's massive new studio on a former Army base in Atlanta". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2016.

External links[edit]

www.tylerperry.com