Tyler Perry
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United States
2020

Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler
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Perry had nine TV series in production in 2020 — including a revived “House of Payne” and four new shows ranging from Nickelodeon’s “Young Dylan” to BET’s “Assisted Living” — and he managed to get cameras rolling on them again after a four-month shutdown for the pandemic. He achieved that feat by turning his 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta into what he called “Camp Quarantine” via an $18 million program involving regular testing, contact tracing, isolation and mandatory masks for everyone not shooting a scene, as well as flying crews in on private jets. Although he officially retired his character Madea in 2019, he squeezed an eleventh and final movie out of the smack-talking grandma, “Madea’s Farewell Play,” a filmed version of her last stage production.

Career

  • THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS
  • VICE
  • TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Showman of the Year
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Tyler Perry Donates $100,000 to Legal Defense Fund of Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend

Tyler Perry Donates $100,000 to Legal Defense Fund of Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend

Tyler Perry has donated $100,000 to the legal defense fund of Kenneth Walker, Variety has confirmed.Walker's girlfriend, Breonna Taylor, was fatally shot by plainclothes police officers in her Louisville, Ky. apartment on March 13. Walker was in the apartment at the time of the incident, and fired a warning shot at the officers, believing them to be intruders. Though the officers contend that they announced themselves before entry, Walker has said that they did not and that the shot was an...

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