Tyler Perry recently made history for opening the largest film studio owned by a Black person, and his plans for the 330-acre campus will go far beyond filmmaking.
Speaking with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Perry opened up about his plans to continue paying it forward to his community by helping those less fortunate on a compound which he plans to build on the historic grounds.
“You know, the studio’s gonna be what it is,” he said. “I’ll tell you what I’m most excited about next is pulling this next phase off, is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced… somewhere on these 330 acres, where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient.”
The famously charitable filmmaker added that he plans to create an environment where these groups can rebuild their lives and hopefully “pay it forward again.”
“They live in nice apartments. There’s daycare,” he said. “There’s all of these wonderful things that allows them to reenter society… So, that’s what I hope to do soon.”
See his explain his brilliant vision, below:
As previously reported, Perry hosted a grand gala over the weekend celebrating the opening of Tyler Perry Studios. The moment served as a poignant time in Black Hollywood history.00:30 00:30YOUR CONTENT WILL RESUME SHORTLY.
Tyler Perry Is Taking Over BET on Wednesdays
Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry wants “Power” and Empire” fans to dry their eyes. The high-profile executive has come through to let people know he has two new series gearing up to premiere.
On Thursday, Perry went to Instagram to announce his new BET shows “The Oval” and “Sistas” will help alleviate the pain of popular series wrapping up.
Earlier this month, premium streaming service BET+ launched and is priced just under $10.
BET Plus, a joint venture between Viacom’s BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios, will launch domestically on Thursday, Sept. 19. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service, priced at $9.99 a month, will kick off with more than 1,000 hours of shows, movies and stand-up specials, including content from Tyler Perry, Tracy Oliver, Will Packer and other African American content creators. (Variety)
A BET Networks executive recently confirmed the huge launch and what subscribers should expect.
“We are thrilled to offer a streaming experience of content curated for the underserved African American audience with BET [Plus],” said BET Networks president Scott Mills. “African Americans have a higher SVOD adoption rate than any other consumer base on the market, which is why BET [Plus] is a natural complement of BET’s linear network, which has been and continues to be the leading home of black culture for decades.” (Statement)
According to reports, a highly-anticipated Disney Plus service is set to offer a bundled pack including ESPN Plus and Hulu for $12.99/month.
The bundle of Disney direct-to-consumer properties will be available for purchase on Nov. 12, the day that the ambitious Disney Plus service is set to bow. Disney chief Bob Iger revealed the plan for the bundle during Disney’s quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Disney’s fiscal second quarter numbers came in below expectations, a shortfall Disney chalked up to lower than expected performances by key divisions of 21st Century Fox, which Disney formally acquired in March. “Nothing is more important to us than getting this right,” Iger said of Disney’s aggressive move into direct-to-consumer streaming. (Variety)