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Hello Madea! Tyler Perry To Launch TV Network

Submitted by on August 10, 2011 – 10:45 amNo Comment

Tyler Perry has been approached by Lionsgate to create a brand new television network (watch out, Oprah).

“Tyler is one of those rare resources that one could launch a channel with. We have a lot of options if we choose to go down that path,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said, praising Perry as a “rare piece of talent that can bring an audience anywhere.”

Ten of Perry’s films that Lionsgate has released since 2005 have grossed around $520 million at the North American box office. Perry’s films, stage plays and DVDs have also sold more than 40 million DVD and digital units.

According to the New York Times:

Lionsgate and Mr. Perry—whose flourishing African-American fan base consistently turns his plays, television shows and films into hits—are forming a new venture called Tyler TV, according to an industry official briefed on the matter who requested anonymity because the plans are private.

The partners will initially stock the channel with reruns of Mr. Perry’s sitcoms and movies, including the popular Madea series, in which he appears in drag as the title character, a gun-toting grandmother. They also plan to buy third-party content that meshes with Mr. Perry’s Christianity-tinged brand.

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