Tyler Perry Is Great For OWN, And No Big Loss For TBS And Lionsgate: Analyst

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 8:21am PST

Cowen and Co analyst Doug Creutz makes a plausible case, although not completely persuasive one, for his prediction this morning that Tyler Perry’s decision to make OWN his TV platform will work out for everybody. Creutz acknowledges that details haven’t been announced for the two new scripted series that Perry will introduce in mid-2013 on Oprah Winfrey’s joint venture with Discovery. Also, ”we’re not sure Perry’s sitcoms are a great match for Oprah’s aspirational female-targeted brand,” Creutz says. Still, he forecasts that the entertainer’s deal “could potentially bring a meaningful ratings boost to OWN, helping that network climb to profitability in FY13.” Discovery CEO David Zaslav has already promised the Street that OWN will at least break even. Indeed, Creutz says that Perry could increase the prime time audience at OWN by 10% or more even with smaller ratings than he generates at TBS. Read More »

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Discovery CEO Says OWN Will Become Less “Teachy And Preachy” With Tyler Perry

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 7:23am PST

Tyler Perry’s exclusive TV production deal with OWN shouldn’t turn the self-improvement channel into just another general entertainment network, Discovery CEO David Zaslav told analysts this morning. “This is something Oprah really wants,” he says. “We were … Read More »

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‘Paranormal Activity 4′ Opens With $30M For $56.5M Global Weekend; Tyler Perry As ‘Alex Cross’ Low $12M; Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ Holds

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: (Top Ten below) This is another good weekend as domestic box office turns the corner on the holiday grosses – $125M total moviegoing, or +12% more than last year. Paramount‘s R-rated hit Halloween franchise … Read More »

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Tyler Perry And James Patterson Finalizing Alex Cross Film Sequel With QED: Exclusive

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 7:10pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the deal coming together will turn bestselling author James Patterson’s crime novel Double Cross into a 2nd movie starring Tyler Perry as the famous Washington DC crimefighter/psychologist. Perry’s first turn as Alex Cross opens this Friday from QED. … Read More »

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Oprah’ OWN And Tyler Perry In Deal For Scripted Series: Exclusive & Multi-Year

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 9:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tyler Perry and Oprah WinfreyLong-time friends (and the two richest African Americans in showbiz) Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are now forging a business partnership. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has inked an exclusive multi-year deal with Perry. Under the pact, he will executive produce, write and direct two new scripted series for a mid-2013 premiere on OWN, marking the network’s first foray into scripted programming. “I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come,” said Oprah Winfrey, OWN’s CEO. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series.” Read More »

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Careless Smoking Caused Fire At Tyler Perry’s Atlanta Studio Investigators Say

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT

The fire at Tyler Perry’s studio complex broke out Monday morning on the roof of a three-story building that was undergoing repairs. Atlanta Fire Rescue Capt. Marian McDaniel tells The Associated Press that investigators determined the cause was … Read More »

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Fire Hits Tyler Perry’s Atlanta Studio Again

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 4:12pm PDT

A fire has erupted at Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studio for the second time in four months. The blaze broke out this morning on the roof of the three-story building that was undergoing repairs, the Atlanta Journal Constitution … Read More »

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Raunch Rules! R-Rated ‘Ted’ $52.5M And ‘Magic Mike’ $38M Weekends; ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’ So-So; ‘People Like Us’ Stillborn


June 29-July 1 Weekend Actuals

1. Ted (Universal) NEW [3,239 Theaters] R
Friday $20.6M, Saturday $17.9M, Sunday $16.0M, Weekend $54.4M

2. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) NEW [2,930 Theaters] R
Friday $19.4M, Saturday $11.4M, Sunday $8.4M, Weekend $39.1M

3. Brave 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 2 [4,164 Theaters] PG
Friday $10.4M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.4M, Weekend $34.1M (-49%), Cume $131.8M

4. Madea’s Witness Protection (Tyler Perry/Lionsgate) NEW

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Hot Trailer: ‘Alex Cross’

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 10:08am PDT

Deadline’s readers have been split from the beginning about the casting of Summit Entertainment’s Alex Cross, based on the James Patterson detective novels. It certainly is a jolt to see Tyler Perry and even Lost‘s Matthew Fox in dramatic-action tough-guy modes in this trailer, so it will … Read More »

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Fire Erupts At Tyler Perry Studios In Atlanta

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 9:31pm PDT

UPDATE: Firefighters contained the blaze to one building in the center of the 30-acre Southwest Atlanta complex owned by the TV/film maker Tyler Perry (who was there) and are investigating the cause. No injuries were … Read More »

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Obama Campaign Lists Hollywood Bundlers

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvey Weinstein, Tyler Perry and Eva Longoria have helped raise some very big bucks for Barack Obama in 2012. Obama Hollywood DonorsThe President’s re-election campaign voluntarily released a list today of its big bundler donors for the first quarter of the year – it includes a number of Hollywood names. Unsurprisingly, Weinstein and Katzenberg were in the top bracket of those who pulled together millions in donations from relatives, friends and business associates for the Obama campaign. The Oscar-winning producer and the DreamWorks CEO both raised more than $500,000 for the incumbent. Tyler Perry, who held two recent Atlanta fundraisers for the President, shows up in $500,000+ category for the first time. Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, producer Colleen Bell and HBO’s James Costos bundled more than half a million for Obama. Comcast EVP David Cohen and his wife Rhonda as well Mai Lassiter, wife of Hitch producer James Lassiter, former DreamWorks corporate communications boss and Katzenberg political advisor Andy Spahn and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour were also in the top bundler bracket. Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria, another longtime supporter of the President, Warner Bros.’ Josh Berger and Jamie Lynton, wife of SONY CEO Michael Lynton, raised between $200,000 and $500,000 each. Lynton himself, WME’s Ari Emanuel, Kelly Meyer, wife of Universal Studios President Ron Meyer, Rebecca Carter, wife of Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, and entertainment lawyer Joe Calabrese were among those in the $100,000 to $200,000 bracket. Former News Corp President Peter Chernin, Treme actor Wendell Pierce, HBO co-president Richard Plepler and talent manager Eric Ortner were in the $50,000 to $100,000 category. Read More »

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Tyler Perry Hosts Two Obama Fundraisers: What A Difference 3 1/2 Years Can Make

By | Saturday March 17, 2012 @ 7:37am PDT

Republican presidential candidates have campaigned in Georgia repeatedly this primary season. Now President Obama follows. Last night he visited supporter Tyler Perry’s film and TV studio for a pair of Atlanta fundraisers. But in 2008 when Barack Obama … Read More »

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Tyler Perry Eulogizes Whitney Houston

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 3:19pm PST

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Summit Sets Release Date For ‘Alex Cross’

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 10:17am PST

Summit Entertainment announced today that it will premiere Alex Cross wide on October 26, 2012, joining Dimension’s Halloween 3D and Fox’s surfing pic Of Men And Mavericks on that date. The adaptation of the James Patterson novel stars Tyler Perry … Read More »

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Tyler Perry Defends Casting Kim Kardashian In His Film ‘The Marriage Counselor’

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 1:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

When Deadline broke the story that Kim Kardashian would star in Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor, an avalanche of comments resulted, some so barbed that Kardashian even chimed in. Perry isn’t immune to the polarized reaction to his casting Kardashian–whose recent marriage ended so suddenly there was barely time … Read More »

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‘I, Alex Cross’ Sparks Producers’ Lawsuit Over Claims Of Credit By Rivals

Producers of Summit Entertainment’s upcoming release I, Alex Cross, directed by Rob Cohen with Tyler Perry stepping into the role created by Morgan Freeman, have filed suit against other producers who claim they should receive compensation and screen credit for the movie. Bill Block and Paul Hanson are partners in QED, which produced the project that Summit has acquired for distribution. QED claims in the suit that prolonged negotiations that began in 2008 with potential producers Jan Korbelin and Marina Grasic (who with Mark Lindsay have launched Cargo Entertainment) and their company Visitor Pictures failed to come to an agreement on Visitor’s involvement with the development of I, Alex Cross. QED claims it drafted and redrafted multiple memorandums of understanding for Visitor’s involvement that were all rejected and no agreement was reached or signed. In 2009, QED says it formally notified Visitor that all previous offers were withdrawn. QED asserts that development of the movie proceeded without Visitor, who “indeed sought to have no involvement,” according to the suit.

Now that principal photography on I, Alex Cross has finished and the movie is expected to be released next year, QED claims that Visitor has resurfaced and is demanding compensation and screen credit, probably in preparation for legal action of their own. QED and other plaintiffs Suejack Inc and JPB Businesses are seeking a court ruling in the case to remove the “cloud” cast over I, Alex Cross by Visitor’s claims before the movie is released. Read More »

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Arnold Set For QED Action Film ‘Black Sands’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Financed by Bill Block’s QED, the film will begin production April 1, 2012. In the script that … Read More »

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Kim Kardashian To Co-Star In Tyler Perry’s Next Movie ‘The Marriage Counselor’

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 6:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what amounts to her most substantial acting role so far, Kim Kardashian has signed on to costar in The Marriage Counselor, the Lionsgate film Tyler Perry will next direct, based on his stage play. Shooting begins October 26 … Read More »

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SNL: Tyler Perry As Highest-Paid Entertainer

By | Sunday October 2, 2011 @ 9:12am PDT

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