Magazine article Screen International

Tyler Perry, Viacom Enter Multi-Year Agreement

Magazine article Screen International

Tyler Perry, Viacom Enter Multi-Year Agreement

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Comprehensive partnership to include TV, film and short-form content.

Viacom has announced a comprehensive, multi-year content partnership with Tyler Perry, encompassing television, film and short-form video.

Under the agreement, Perry will produce approximately 90 episodes annually of original drama and comedy series for BET and other Viacom networks. Viacom will have exclusive licensing rights on this programming.

In addition, Viacom will have exclusive distribution rights to Perry’s short-form video content, and Paramount Pictures will have exclusive first-look rights on Perry’s feature film projects.

The film agreement is effective immediately, with the partnership on Perry’s TV and short-form video content to go into effect in May 2019, following the expiration of Perry’s exclusive agreement with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Viacom’s agreement will extend through 2024.

Perry is behind seven television series and 16 feature films in addition to 20 plays and a best-selling book.

His first television series, Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne set a ratings record for a basic cable sitcom when it debuted and was followed up by Meet The Browns.

Since then he has launched several more programmes, including the drama The Haves And The Have Nots. His films include Boo! A Madea Halloween, which grossed $74. …

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