Tyler Perry has signed an exclusive deal with Oprah’s OWN Network. OWN will be the home of all Tyler Perry’s original shows, including two new scripted series that will premiere in 2013.
This will be the first original scripted shows to appear on the network.
“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come,” said Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN. “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series. He has an incredible ability to illuminate life stories and characters in his unique voice and inspires and encourages people all over the world.”
“It’s a dream realized to partner with Oprah and bring scripted programming to OWN,” stated Perry. “She has accomplished so much with the network and I’m excited to work with her to be a part of its continued growth.”
“Bringing Tyler Perry exclusively to OWN is a major coup. Today’s announcement demonstrates the power of the Oprah brand to attract some of the biggest names in television and film to OWN,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications. “OWN’s growth over the past nine months has been nothing short of phenomenal and, with the continued support of our advertising and affiliate partners, this bold move into scripted entertainment positions OWN to continue that momentum going forward.”
I’m so exited that Auntie Oprah’s network is going to be the home for Tyler Perry’s shows! TBS will continue to air repeats of Tyler’s shows, but all new content will be delivered to OWN.
Read the entire press release here.