Netflix Expands First-Look Production Deal With Tyler Perry to Include TV Series

Actor/director Tyler Perry has added a multi-year first-look series deal to his ongoing creative partnership with Netflix. 

The first series under the new deal is “Beauty in Black,” a 16-episode hour-long drama, written, directed, and produced by Perry. Angi Bones and Tony Strickland will also co-produce for Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. 

Kerry Washington in “Six Triple Eight” (Netflix image)

The series follows two women leading very different lives. While Kimmie is struggling to make a living after her mother kicked her out, and Mallory is running a successful business, they find themselves entangled in each other’s lives.

Perry and Netflix first formed a partnership in 2023, with the actor/director writing, directing and producing feature films under a multi-year first-look deal. Pending movies include Six Triple Eight, with an ensemble cast led by Kerry Washington, and Mea Culpa, starring Kelly Rowland. 

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Perry’s previous films with Netflix include A Jazzman’s Blues, a tale of forbidden love that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival; A Madea Homecoming, the 12th installment of the billion dollar Madea movie franchise; and the thriller A Fall from Grace

Netflix Signs Multiyear First-Look Deal With Filmmaker Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry and Netflix have formed a creative partnership that will have Perry write, direct and produce feature films under a multiyear first-look deal.

Perry’s upcoming films with Netflix include Six Triple Eight, starring an ensemble cast led by Kerry Washington, about the only all-black, all-female Women’s Army Corp in World War II, and Mea Culpa, starring Kelly Rowland, about a criminal defense attorney who takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.

Perry’s previous films with Netflix include A Jazzman’s Blues, a tale of forbidden love that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival; A Madea Homecoming, the 12th installment in the popular “Madea” franchise; and the thriller A Fall From Grace

Tyler Perry to Produce, Write and Direct ‘Mea Culpa’ for Netflix

Tyler Perry will direct, write and produce Mea Culpa for Netflix.

The film follows a criminal defense attorney who, in the hopes of becoming partner, takes on the case of an artist who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend.  

Mea Culpa will star Kelly Rowland (Think Like a Man, The Curse of Bridge Hollow), who will also produce; Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight, Birdbox, Bruiser); Sean Sagar (The Gentleman, The Covenant, Sistas); Nick Sagar (The Princess Switch Trilogy, Run the World); and RonReaco Lee (Nappily Ever After, Coffee and Kareem).

Other producers include Angi Bones and Will Areu.

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Tyler Perry to Direct ‘Six Triple Eight’ for Netflix About All-Black, All-Female WWII Battalion

Tyler Perry will direct his next feature film for Netflix with Six Triple Eight, about the 6,888th battalion, the only all-black, all-female battalion in the World War II effort.

Perry is also the writer of the film, which is based on an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media.

Six Triple Eight tells the true story of the 855 women in the battalion who joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. It was a herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, but the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted more than 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home. The motto that kept them going each day was one they created themselves: “No Mail, Low Morale.”

The story of the 6,888th Postal Directory Battalion has been kept out of history books, ignored by the national spotlight, until now — nearly 75 years later. On March 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor.

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Six Triple Eight will mark Tyler Perry’s fourth film directed for Netflix following A Fall From Grace, A Madea Homecoming, which was in the top 10 in 43 countries, and A Jazzman’s Blues, which was in the top 10 in 55 countries, according to Netflix. 

Netflix Gets Tyler Perry’s 12th ‘Madea’ Movie

Netflix has secured rights to Tyler Perry’s pending 12th installment of his lucrative “Madea” movie franchise. The title, A Madea Homecoming, will be filmed at Perry’s studio in Atlanta and released on Netflix in 2022.

Mabel “Madea” Earlene Simmons is a character created and portrayed by Perry in standalone and ensemble roles first introduced in the 1999 play “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” The movie franchise was first introduced by Lionsgate with Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005. The films have collectively generated $1 billion at the box office, in addition to sales on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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Perry, who has starred separately in other movies, including A Fall From Grace, which Netflix said was streamed by 39 million households in its first 28 days of release, had retired the Madea character in 2019 with A Madea Family Funeral. Perry subsequently produced Madea’s Farewell Tour, which was streamed on BET+.

“I was done with Madea, completely done with it,” Perry said in a 2020 media interview. “But as I’ve been looking at the state of the world — and I finished a tour in January, just before the pandemic started to break in the country — and the amount of joy and laughter that it brought to so many people, that’s what I think is missing. We need that laughter and that joy.”

Tyler Perry to Resume TV Show Production in July in Atlanta

Tyler Perry, creator and star of the “Madea” movie franchise, May 12 announced in a statement from ViacomCBS unit BET that he would resume production on the second seasons of two original TV series July 8 at his studio in Atlanta. Perry becomes one of the first Hollywood movie and TV executives to announce post-coronavirus production plans.

“BET is committed to investing in quality programming from top industry power players and giving viewers more of the content they love and expect from the brand across our platforms,” Scott Mills, president of BET, said in a separate statement.

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Perry’s series “Sistas,” about a group of single black women dealing with love and friendship, and “The Oval,” showcasing fictional life in the White House, are filmed on the actor/producer’s 330-acre converted army facility (acquired in 2015) that includes housing, greenspace and 12 sound stages.

Georgia in April became the first state to re-open select businesses, including movie theaters, despite the ongoing pandemic that has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States.

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In an interview last month with Deadline, Perry outlined how he would sequester cast and crew on his studio grounds, among other safeguards, during production to minimize any potential spread of COVID-19.

Netflix Gets New ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Movie, Tyler Perry Drama

Netflix has acquired the U.S., Canadian and Latin America rights to Aardman’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon from StudioCanal, which will be available on the service in early 2020. French-based StudioCanal and its worldwide distribution partners are releasing the stop-motion animated film in the rest of the world.

A number of Aardman’s titles, such as Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away and Shaun the Sheep Movie, are currently available on Netflix in most countries.

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Separately, Tyler Perry announced on social media that his new drama, A Fall From Grace, will begin streaming on the platform on Jan. 17.

“My next movie guys!!! This is an amazing thriller!!!” Perry tweeted on Nov. 22. The cast includes Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson and Perry.

Perry remains busy co-launching the BET+ streaming service with Viacom, in addition to launching an original children’s series with Nickelodeon.

Viacom’s $9.99 BET+ Streaming Service Launches

Viacom Sept. 19 launched just its third branded domestic subscription streaming video service BET+, priced at $9.99 per month.

The SVOD service complements BET’s linear network, which launched in 1980 by Robert L. Johnson. Additional access points include BET.com and the BET Now app for TV Everywhere users.

In addition, BET’s recently launched channel on Pluto TV will continue to feature classic films and box office hits from the best of black Hollywood.

The service follows previous launches of preschool-based Noggin and Comedy Central Now. Viacom also owns and operates ad-supported Pluto TV.

Ironically, BET+ will compete directly against AMC Networks’ Urban Movie Channel (UMC), the SVOD created in 2018 for African American and urban audiences — by Robert L. Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment.

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BET+ is also available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Android devices, Android TV devices, Amazon Fire TV and Prime Video Channels.

Users can also subscribe directly through Apple TV channels and watch in the Apple TV app, on demand and ad-free, across their devices for online and offline viewing.

The joint venture by BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios launches with more than 1,000 hours of ad-free premium content, including exclusive new original programming and a broad array of top African-American-focused dramas, sitcoms, films, and specials from BET and sister networks within the Viacom portfolio.

Additionally, BET+ will offer an exclusive collection of Tyler Perry films, television, and stage plays. The service will also provide a host of content from leading African American creators, including Tracy Oliver, Will Packer, along with fresh new voices, on both sides of the camera. New titles will be added to the service regularly.

Initial content includes all nine episodes of BET+ original series, “First Wives Club,from Girls Trip screenwriter Tracy Oliver, and starring Ryan Michelle Bathe, Michelle Buteau and Jill Scott.

New weekly original series,Bigger— a 10-episode comedic series from hitmaker Will Packer (“Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man.”) — gives fans a taste of what’s to come by making the first three episodes of the series available now.

The remaining episodes of will be released every week beginning Sept. 26. In addition to its new original content, BET+ is also now streaming the comedy series, Martin”.

In the coming months, BET+ will stream Tyler Perry’s theatrical films, including the Madeafranchise; new original series; and a selection of Perry’s stage plays —Meet the Browns,” “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Family That Preys,” and “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” among others.

BET+ will stream a lineup of African American TV, movie and musical content including BET’s library series, films, documentaries, and specials such as “The Bobby Brown Story,” “The New Edition Story,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “The Quad,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, ” “College Hill,” “Comic View,” “Hell Date,” “Keyshia Cole: All In,” “Nellyville” “Reed Between The Lines,” “Ali: People’s Champ,” “Katrina: 10 Years Later,” “Killer Curves,” “BET Awards,” “Hip Hop Awards,” “Soul Train Awards,” “Black Girls Rock,” “Boomerang,” “Harlem Nights,” “Coach Carter,” “Losing Isaiah,” and “Tina Turner Live In Holland,” among others.

Viacom library TV shows include VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” “Basketball Wives,” “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” Comedy Central’s “Why? With Hannibal Buress”, MTV’s “Todrick,” TV Land’s “Soul Man,” Nick @ Night’s “Instant Mom,” and more.

In the coming weeks, BET+ will feature stand-up comedy specials from D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin, Nick Cannon, Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Lil Rel (Get Out), Gina Yashere (The Daily Show), and Sinbad.

 

Viacom, Tyler Perry Partner for BET Streaming Video Service

BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Media Networks, and Tyler Perry Studios June 24 unveiled a new joint venture to launch BET+, a pending subscription video-on-demand service targeting the African-American audience.

Available this fall, BET+ will feature more than 1,000 hours of content, including original programming and catalog series, movies, and specials from BET Networks, Perry, and other African-American content creators.

Tyler Perry

“African-Americans are the leading consumers of streaming services, with higher SVOD adoption rates than other consumers, which is why we’re so excited to launch a premium product for this underserved audience,” Scott Mills, president of BET Networks, said in a statement.

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BET+ will offer consumers a comprehensive collection of African-American-focused dramas, sitcoms, films and specials. It will be the official home of Tyler Perry’s collected works across film, television and the stage.

The service will feature Perry’s box office-topping theatrical films, including films from the “Madea” series; original series “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns” and a selection of Perry’s stage plays.

“In our industry, the way people consume content is constantly evolving,” Perry said. “I’ve paid attention to my audience and what works for them and, for that reason, I’m very excited not only about the idea of partnering with BET to create new and exciting content, but also about the idea of giving people a personalized experience through the ability to curate the content they love to consume.”

The first BET+ original — “First Wives Club,” a 10 episode scripted drama from Girls Trip screenwriter Tracy Oliver — will debut on the service in the fall.

The modern television remake of the classic 1996 revenge comedy starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton now stars an African American cast, including Jill Scott(“Why Did I Get Married”), Ryan Michelle Bathe (“This is Us,” “Empire”) and Michelle Buteau (“Isn’t It Romantic”).

“First Wives Club” kicks off BET+’s slate of exclusive original programming that includes the premiere of a new series from Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”) and new original series from Tyler Perry and more.

The service will also feature a deep library of beloved series, films, and documentaries from BET Networks and the Viacom portfolio — including “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “The New Edition Story,” “The Quad,” “College Hill,” “Comic View,” “Hell Date,” and more — most of which have not previously been available on streaming platforms.

BET+ will be available at launch on Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy, iOS devices such as the Apple iPad and iPhone, as well as other streaming devices.

BET’s new and current-window programming will continue to be available on BET’s linear network, including the newly-announced Tyler Perry original drama, “The Oval,” which will debut on BET as the first series under Perry’s multi-year content partnership with the network.

With over 75 hours of new original content slated to premiere on BET over the next year, Perry’s line-up will also include another drama series, two comedy series, and a live holiday-themed production. BET fans will have additional access points to BET content on BET.com and the BET Now app for TV Everywhere users.

‘A Madea Family Funeral’ Buries the Competition on Redbox Charts

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral debuted at the top of both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended June 9.

The Lionsgate comedy, featuring Perry’s final turn in the title role of Madea, took the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. In the film, which made $73.3 million at the box office, Madea travels to a family celebration only to see it turn into a funeral revealing uncomfortable secrets.

Universal’s The Upside fell one spot to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks at No. 1. The comedy, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, follows an out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other. It made $108.3 million at the box office.

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Universal’s animated How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropped one place on the disc chart, from No. 2 to No. 3, and one spot on the digital chart, from No. 4 to No. 5. Meanwhile, Warner’s romantic comedy sendup Isn’t It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, fell from No. 3 to No. 4 on the disc chart and from No. 2 to No. 3 on the digital chart. Lionsgate/Quiver’s Drunk Parents, starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, retained the No. 5 place on the disc chart.

The only other new release to land on the disc chart (No. 7) was Lionsgate’s The Kid, about a boy who witnesses the famous confrontation between Sheriff Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The Western, directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, earned just $1.5 million at the box office, but features such stars as Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. It came in at No. 4 on the digital chart.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 9:

  1. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  2. The Upside— Universal
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— Universal
  4. Isn’t It Romantic— Warner
  5. Drunk Parents — Lionsgate/Quiver
  6. Cold Pursuit— Lionsgate
  7. The Kid (2019)— Lionsgate
  8. Fighting With My Family— Universal
  9. Aquaman — Warner
  10. The Mule — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 9:

  1. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  2. The Upside — STX
  3. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  4. The Kid (2019)— Lionsgate
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— Universal
  6. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  7. Fighting With My Family — MGM
  8. Glass — Universal
  9. What Men Want — Paramount
  10. Aquaman— Warner