Tyler Perry’s New Studio: 5 Great Things About It
Congratulations a thousand times over to Tyler Perry. Because he not only made history with his own production studio but did it on his terms. When traditional Hollywood refused to give him a seat at the table. He made his own, put it in his own house, on his own land, and invited the neighborhood — many of the talents that Hollywood takes for granted. Much like they did Mr. Perry.
With his new studio, he also reminded everyone to go after their dreams. No matter how big they are or the current circumstance you are in. Stay your course and go after your dreams with laser focus and strong intention. Because, like Jay Z said, “I ain’t no different from anyone in this room, and now I’m standing on this stage, living proof.”
As we continue to celebrate Tyler Perry’s biggest accomplishment to date, check out five things you should know about Tyler Perry’s new studio.
Location Location Location
Tyler Perry Studios covers 330 acres on a former Confederate Army base. I mean come on! If you’re going to do it your way, this is how you do it.
“There were Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved, and now that land is owned by one Negro.So while you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.”
-Tyler Perry’s 2019 BET speech.
Build a Table, Bigger and Better
Tyler Perry Studios is the Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros and Paramount combined studios on the Burbank, California lots.
Inclusivity is Also Advocation and Protection
In an interview with Gayle King for CBS, the multihyphenate entertainment mogul revealed that his studio will include a compound for LGBTQ youth who have been displaced, as well as homeless women.
“I’ll tell you what I’m most excited about next is that pulling this next phase off…is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out or displaced. And having a compound that is a beautiful place right here somewhere on this 330 acres, where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient, they live in nice apartments, there’s daycare, there’s all of these wonderful things that allow them to re-enter society and then pay it forward again. That’s what I hope to do soon.”
Already Putting in Work
While Saturday’s gala marked the studio’s official opening, the studio has been operating for a couple of years — even when parts were still under construction. Marvel’s “Black Panther” was the first feature filmed there, followed by everything from HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” to Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” and Ryan Gosling’s “The First Man.” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is currently filmed on the lot.
Living Stage Legends
Perry has 12 massive sound stages and he’s honored the talent of black Hollywood by naming each after a living or late legends such as Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Sydney Poitier, and Diahann Carroll.
Not the First to do it, The First to Do It This Big
Perry isn’t the first in black person Hollywood to make history doing things their way and taking chances. However, he’s the first black person to own his own studio with no proprietary partners or corporate backing. All Perry. Thankful to the past for paving the way and grateful for Perry for taking it up a notch.