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Lionsgate, Turner seal Perry deal

Studio sells cable rights to 'Married,' 'Girls'

Lionsgate is on a roll, selling cable TV rights to Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Daddy’s Little Girls,” plus two other theatricals, to Turner’s TBS and TNT for more than $12 million.

Deal comes less than a week after Rand Stoll, exec VP of television for Lionsgate, engineered the company’s biggest theatrical deal ever, selling “3:10 to Yuma,” “Saw II,” “Good Luck Chuck” and other titles to USA and its Sci Fi Channel sibling for $20 million.

Sale of the Perry pics to Turner was no surprise, said Stoll, because TBS and TNT had bought two Perry titles in previous deals: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

TBS has also scored solid ratings with the Perry-created sitcom “House of Payne,” which the net runs in primetime stacks of four episodes every Wednesday from 9 to 11.

Lionsgate also sold Turner two other titles: “Pride,” starring Bernie Mac; and “Delta Farce,” with Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. TBS produces the scripted original sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show,” which has done well enough on the network to warrant a second season.

The four movies in the current deal have their pay TV premieres on Showtime as part of a theatrical-output deal. TBS gets “Why Did I Get Married?” in March 2010 and “Daddy’s Little Girls” in July 2009.

TBS deal permits Lionsgate to carve out a window for sale of the Perry titles to another cable net, and the company is in talks with BET, which bought a window for “Mad Black Woman.”

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