×

Tyler Perry Studios President Ozzie Areu Exits to Form New Studio With Brother

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 Ozzie Areu launches the venture, Will Areu will stay on as the president of production at Tyler Perry Studios. Steve Mensch will remain as president and general manager of studio operations.

“Ozzie has been a trailblazer in the entertainment industry since his start at TPS, where he and Will have worked tirelessly to contribute to our success,” Perry said. “While I am sad to say goodbye to Ozzie, I am excited for this next chapter in his career of entertaining people, as he continues to push the limits in Hollywood.”

The brothers noted that they are first generation Cuban-Americans, and that they will be the first Latinos to run and own a major film and television studio in the United States.

Popular on Variety

“I look forward to following in the steps of Tyler, my mentor, by owning a studio that also creates content and I’m especially inspired to build a 360 world that supports minority storytellers, creators, and innovators,” Ozzie Areu said.

Ozzie Areu oversaw the 2011 movie “For Colored Girls,” which won the best picture trophy at the NAACP Image Awards and the BET Awards. The lot in the Greenbriar area was the home for TPS from 2007 to 2016. It sits on 60 acres and includes five sound stages, four office buildings with executive offices, post-production facilities, a theater, a commissary, and a fitness center.

Since the move to the new studio at Fort McPherson, Tyler Perry Studios has been renting the Greenbriar space out to third-party productions for the last year while also exploring the option of selling.

More Film

  • Spongebob Movie Trailer

    Watch the 'SpongeBob' Movie Super Bowl Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paramount gave an early look at its “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” tv spot that will debut ahead of the Super Bowl. The new clip has everything from fast cars and flashbacks to Snoop Dogg and Keanu Reeves. The animated movie sees SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star venture out of Bikini Bottom and [...]

  • Gabrielle Carteris SAG AFRA PRESIDENT

    SAG-AFTRA Unveils Guidelines for Intimacy Coordinators

    SAG-AFTRA has unveiled the guidelines for intimacy coordinators who are on sets when union members’ work involves nudity and simulated sex. The union released “Standards and Protocols for the Use of Intimacy Coordinators” on Wednesday, six months after announcing that it would standardize the guidelines for such scenes. “SAG-AFTRA believes that implementation of these standards [...]

  • Scandinavia's NENT Group Exits Non-Scripted, Focuses

    Scandinavia's NENT Group Pulls Plug on Non-Scripted, Sets Sights on Drama and Film

    Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), one of Scandinavia’s largest media groups, is set to pull out of non-scripted content, and focus on scripted drama and film production and distribution. The company is looking to bring a minority equity partner on board to bolster its scripted drama production business. As part of the reorg, NENT Group [...]

  • Goteborg Film Festival The Gynecological Cinema

    Anna Odell Puts Men in a Gynaecological Chair

    After William Castle’s “Percepto!” or John Waters’ “Odorama,” it seems like the time has come for Swedish provocateur Anna Odell’s “The Gynaecological Cinema Chair” – an interactive experience created specially for this year’s Göteborg Film Festival. A concept that’s more than just an attention-grabbing gimmick, however, as the director behind 2013’s “The Reunion” was quick [...]

  • The-Intruder

    Watch the Trailer from Just Announced Berlin Competition Entry ‘The Intruder’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    MADRID  —  Just minutes after the Berlinale confirmed on Wednesday its selection in main competition, the pedigree producers of Argentine Natalia Meta’s “The Intruder” (“El Prófugo”) have dropped a first teaser-trailer for what has been described as a “pyscho-sexual fantastic thriller.” They have also confirmed more details of one of the buzziest new titles from [...]

  • Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a

    Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Leads Cesar Awards Nominations

    Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy” is leading the race for the Cesar Awards, France’s top film honors, with 12 nominations, followed by Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” “An Officer and a Spy” earned nominations for best film, director, actor (Jean Dujardin), cinematography, set design, costume and music, among others. Although he’s been at [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content