Confab to award director/writer with Visionary kudo
Tyler Perry is set to receive this year’s CinemaCon confab inaugural Visionary Award.Kudo will be awarded as part of the confab’s Big Screen Achievement Awards on March 31. “Tyler Perry has singlehandedly changed the landscape of stage, screen and television with bravado, confidence and tremendous commercial and critical success,” said Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon’s managing director. “The success of the industry depends on whether exhibitors can see movies through fans’ eyes and anticipate what they want,” Perry said. Multihypenate has been a consistently bankable filmmaker, starting with 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which grossed $50 million domestically. “Madea Goes to Jail” is his highest-ranking domestic grosser with $90.5 million. Perry’s next outing, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” opens April 22. CinemaCon, overseeen by the National Assn. of Theater Owners, runs March 28-31 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.