Tyler Perry Studios

American film production studio in Atlanta, Georgia

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Tyler Perry Studios
IndustryProduction studio
GenreFilm, play and television shows
Founded2006; 15 years ago (2006)
FounderTyler Perry
United States
Area served
United States
Key people
Tyler Perry (CEO)
Michelle Sneed (President)
Mark E. Seed (Senior Vice President)
RevenueIncrease US$907 million[1]
OwnerTyler Perry
DivisionsThe Tyler Perry Foundation
Subsidiaries34 Street Films

Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) is an American film production studio in Atlanta, Georgia founded by actor, filmmaker, and playwright Tyler Perry in 2006.

In 2019, Perry celebrated the grand opening of his newest Atlanta studio location; he purchased 330 acres (130 ha) of the former Fort McPherson complex in 2015 to make it the new home of Tyler Perry Studios.[2] Tyler Perry Studios is the largest film production studio in the United States, and established Perry as the first African-American to outright own a major film production studio.[3] Through 34th Street Films, a production arm of Tyler Perry Studios, Perry guides the work of other filmmakers.[4]

In 2018, Perry sold his previous studio location opened in 2008 to another minority-owned film production company.[5][6] The previous studio location occupied two former Delta Air Lines affiliated buildings in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta, and included 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of sets and office space.[7]

Tyler Perry Studios is a notable resource for Atlanta's robust economy.[8][9] The company often advertises for film and crew positions at its southwest Atlanta location.[10] 


Perry has full ownership of his movies, and Lions Gate Entertainment serves as his distributor for all of his films (with the exception of Nobody's Fool and A Fall from Grace, which was distributed by Paramount Pictures and Netflix respectively due to his new deal with ViacomCBS).[11] His first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, produced on a budget of $5.5 million, became an unexpected commercial success prompting widespread discussion among industry watchers about whether middle-class African-Americans were simply not being addressed by mainstream Hollywood movies. Its final gross box office receipts were $50.6 million, although it was critically panned scoring only 16 percent approval rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.[12] On its opening weekend, February 24, 2006, Perry's film version of Madea's Family Reunion opened at No. 1 with $30.3 million. The film eventually grossed $65 million and, like Diary, almost all of it in the United States. The film was jump-started by an hour-long appearance by Perry and his co-stars on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[13]

His next project for Lions Gate, Daddy's Little Girls, starring Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2007. It grossed over $31 million.[14] Perry wrote, directed, produced and starred in his next movie, Why Did I Get Married?, which was released on October 12, 2007. It opened as the top-grossing movie in its first weekend, earning $21.4 million at the box office. It is loosely based on the play which Perry wrote in 2004. Filming began March 5, 2007, in Whistler, British Columbia, Vancouver, then Atlanta, where Perry opened his own studio. Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott, and Tasha Smith appear in the film. Perry's 2008 film, Meet the Browns, which was released on March 21, opened at #2 with a $20,082,809 weekend gross.[15] The Family That Preys opened on September 12, 2008, and grossed over $35.1 million as of October. Madea Goes to Jail opened at No. 1 on February 20, 2009, grossing $41 million and becoming his largest opening to date. This was Perry's seventh film with Lions Gate Entertainment.

On May 1, 2012, a four-alarm fire engulfed portions of the studio complex, causing the partial collapse of one building.[16] Less than three months later, another fire broke out on the roof of another building on the morning of August 27, 2012. On November 20, 2019, it hosted the MSNBC and Washington Post 2020 Democratic Party presidential debate on the Oprah Winfrey sound stage.[17] It also hosted Miss Universe 2019 on December 8.

In June 2021, Tyler Perry and T.D. Jakes announced they were purchasing over 130 acres in Atlanta including a proposed expansion of Tyler Perry Studios for an entertainment district with theaters, retail shops and restaurants.[18]

Studio locations

Before moving to its first southwest Atlanta location in 2008, the studios used the former studio space at 99 Krog Street in Inman Park on the BeltLine in central Atlanta. Perry had purchased the land from Atlanta Stage Works in 2006 for a reported $7 million.[19] The studios were later converted into the Krog Street Market.

In 2019, Tyler Perry Studios officially moved into 330 acres (130 ha) of the former Fort McPherson complex in southwest Atlanta.[20] The studio has 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) of the site dedicated to standing permanent sets, including a replica of a luxury hotel lobby, a White House replica, a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) mansion, a mock cheap hotel, a trailer park set, and a real 1950s-style diner that was relocated from a town 100 miles (160 km) away. It has a residential neighborhood cul-de-sac with 12 homes, many of them with actual functioning interiors...furnished and decorated, not simply "facades." It also hosts 12 soundstages named after highly accomplished African-Americans in the entertainment industry.[2][21]


  • Airplane
  • Bank
  • Baseball Fields
  • Chapel
  • County Jail
  • Modern Courtroom
  • Courtroom
  • Coffee Shop
  • Culdesac
  • Classic Diner
  • Farmhouse
  • Historic District
  • Lakeside Cabin
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Mansion
  • Maxineville
  • Motel
  • Post Theatre
  • Prison Yard
  • Rustic Cabin
  • Tennis Court
  • Theatre
  • Trailer Park
  • White House
  • The Dream Building
  • Greenspace

Production history


Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Tyler Perry's Role
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman No Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Yes Yes Yes No
2007 Why Did I Get Married? Yes Yes Yes Yes Terry Brock
2008 Meet the Browns Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe
2008 The Family That Preys Yes Yes Yes Yes Ben
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2009 I Can Do Bad All by Myself Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Yes Yes Yes Yes Terry Brock
2010 For Colored Girls Yes Yes Yes No
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe
2012 Good Deeds Yes Yes Yes Yes Wesley Deeds
2012 Madea's Witness Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Yes Yes Yes No
2013 A Madea Christmas Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2014 The Single Moms Club Yes Yes Yes Yes TK
2015 Madea's Tough Love No No Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2016 Boo! A Madea Halloween Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2017 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian
2018 Acrimony Yes Yes Yes No
2018 Nobody's Fool Yes Yes Yes No
2019 A Madea Family Funeral Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea / Joe / Brian / Heathrow
2020 A Fall from Grace Yes Yes Yes Yes Rory
TBA A Jazzman's Blues Yes Yes Yes Yes


Years Show Network Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Tyler Perry's Role
House of Payne[25][26] TBS (seasons 1–8)
BET (season 9–present)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2009–2011 Meet the Browns TBS Yes Yes Yes No
2011–2017 For Better or Worse TBS (seasons 1–2)
OWN (seasons 3–6)
Yes Yes Yes No
2013–2021 The Haves and the Have Nots OWN Yes Yes Yes No
2013–2017 Love Thy Neighbor OWN Yes Yes Yes Yes Madea
2014–2020 If Loving You Is Wrong OWN Yes Yes Yes No
2016–2017 Too Close to Home TLC Yes Yes Yes No
2018 The Paynes OWN Yes Yes Yes No
2019–present The Oval BET Yes Yes Yes No
2019–present Sistas BET Yes Yes Yes No
2020–present Young Dylan[27] Nickelodeon Yes Yes Yes No
2020–present Ruthless BET+ Yes Yes Yes No
2020–present Bruh BET+ Yes Yes Yes No
2020–present Assisted Living BET Yes Yes Yes No


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  3. ^ "Take a tour of Tyler Perry's massive new studio on a former Army base in Atlanta". Los Angeles Times. October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tyler Perry Biography, Movies & Net Worth". May 5, 2019. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "Meet the creator of one of the nation's first major Latino-owned film studios". 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Tyler Perry Just Sold His Former Studio Lot For $18.5 Million". SHOPPE BLACK. January 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Schilling, Mark (November 4, 2007). "Index sets up China shop".
  8. ^ "Neighbors near Tyler Perry Studios optimistic about possible job opportunities coming to area".
  9. ^ "Metro Atlanta Economic Development Growth Resources & Statistics".
  10. ^ Johnson, Tee (November 4, 2019). "How To Get A Job At Tyler Perry Studios".
  11. ^ Christian, Margena A., Becoming Tyler.Ebony. Oct. 2008: 78.
  12. ^ "Diary of Mad Black Woman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  13. ^ "Madea's Family Reunion". Box Office Mojo.
  14. ^ "Daddy's Little Girls". Box Office Mojo.
  15. ^ "Meet the Browns". Box Office Mojo.
  16. ^ http://www.ajc.com/news/fire-strikes-tyler-perry-1429587.html?cxntlid=brkng_nws_bnr
  17. ^ "What The Site Of The Democratic Debate Says About Georgia, Role Of Black Voters". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  18. ^ "Tyler Perry Plans Atlanta Expansion; New Development to Include Theater District, Restaurants, Retail". 17 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Filmmakers have Georgia on their minds", Todd Longwell, The Hollywood Reporter as reported on Houghton Talent site
  20. ^ Braxton, Greg (2019-10-02). "Tyler Perry Studios, the house 'Madea' built, becomes a landmark for black Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  21. ^ Buckley, Cara (October 2, 2019). "Tyler Perry Builds a New Kingdom, With Madea Behind Him". The New York Times.
  22. ^ "Stages at Tyler Perry Studios". Tyler Perry Studios. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
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  26. ^ "BET Networks And Tyler Perry Studios Announce Seventh Season Return Of 'Tyler Perry's House Of Payne'". BET.com. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  27. ^ Petski, Denise (January 23, 2020). "Tyler Perry's Young Dylan Nickelodeon Series Sets Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 15, 2020.

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