Tyler Perry has a lot to celebrate. With the opening of his brand new studio, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a new deal with BET to air original programs, the filmmaker is counting his blessings.
Fans are eager to see what film and television projects are filmed at the new Tyler Perry Studios but will also have the chance to see other companies utilize the space to produce their content. Perry is kicking things off with the production of two huge productions.
Tyler Perry opens first black-owned film studio
Tyler Perry debuted his 330-acre digs a few weeks ago with a celebratory weekend equipped with dinner for over 800 of the elite in Black Hollywood, a tour of the studio and a gospel brunch. Notable attendees ranged in profession with political figures like Angela Rye, and media maven Oprah Winfrey.
The studio is larger than Walt Disney Studios, The Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios combined. It features 12 sound stages, all named after legendary African-American figures in entertainment.
Perry spoke on the historical aspect of the studio with it being the first black-owned in history during a speech he gave at the opening ceremony dinner, explaining that the land was once for slaves to work on. The studio also has its own walk of fame dedicated to every talent hired to work on a Tyler Perry production.
‘Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’ reunion to film at Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry is not discriminating with what projects he allows to be filmed at his new studio. The Jasmine brand exclusively revealed that the season 6 reunion of VH1 reality series, Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, would be filmed on location.
The reunion took place on the Oprah Winfrey soundstage. Sources told the site that things were already in motion and alleged photos surfaced of the set but were not confirmed by studio reps.
The Hollywood franchise filmed its reunion in New York and Atlanta in the past. Kudos for being the first reality show to film at the new studio compound.
Democratic Debate to be held at Tyler Perry Studios
The media honcho has gone from film to politics. 11Alive reported that Georgia Democrat, Stacey Abrams, revealed that the next democratic presidential debate will be held at Tyler Perry Studios. Abrams tweeted the location to her social media account on Friday evening.
“@TPStudios is a model for Georgia’s vibrant film industry, an engaged corporate citizen and an exceptional location for our #DemDebate,” she tweeted. “Looking forward to welcoming the candidates to Georgia on November 20.”
The debate marks the fifth held thus far in the race. It will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post and will have an all-female set of moderators. Rachel Maddow will be joined by Andrea Mitchell, host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC; Kristen Welker, NBC News’ White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post.