Ozzie Areu is departing from his post as president of Tyler Perry Studios and joining with his sibling Will Areu to form Areu Bros. and purchase the former campus of Tyler Perry Studios.The new company announced on Tuesday that the space is the former Delta Air Lines campus in Greenbriar, Ga., which served as Tyler Perry's former studio space in southwest Atlanta. The brothers said they are building a multi-faceted media campus encompassing music, tech, motion pictures, and television operations.While...
Tyler Perry climbed to success in entertainment by an unlikely route: building his empire through movies, TV shows and stage plays featuring predominantly African-American casts and unapologetically Christian themes. He has become one of the most successful entertainers ever through the tireless extension of his bulletproof brand.
While the multi-hyphenate mogul has polarized critics with outlandish characters like Madea, the tough-talking, gun-toting grandma he portrays in drag, Perry has been a consistent trailblazer, offering opportunities to minority actors on a scale all but unmatched in the industry. With the unveiling of a sprawling Atlanta studio complex in 2017, he seems determined to leave an indelible mark on American entertainment.
Born in New Orleans, the Atlanta transplant emerged as one of the leading directors on the urban-theater circuit before the 2005 film adaptation of his play “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” made him a big-screen sensation. His first TV series, “House of Payne,” became a hit for TBS after premiering in syndication in 2006. Perry helped to revitalize Oprah Winfrey’s OWN after signing an exclusive deal with the channel in 2012. He has produced more than 20 feature films and seven scripted series while continuing to tour his successful stage plays. Lionsgate will release a pair of his movies in 2018 — “She’s Living My Life,” starring Taraji P. Henson with Perry directing, and “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral.”