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Tyler Perry Signs First Look Deal with Lionsgate
(released 8/1/2008)


Tyler Perry, creator of Diary of a Mad Black Woman, has signed a new three-year first look deal with Lionsgate covering his upcoming theatrical and home entertainment product.

Under the new agreement, Perry will provide at least three additional feature films to Lionsgate following the fiscal 2009 release of Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, slated for nationwide release on September 12, 2008, and Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail, based on his most popular play and scheduled for nationwide release on February 20, 2009. Lionsgate will also continue to distribute Perry's DVD's based on his hit films as well as from his large catalog of plays and other material. Under the new pact, two of Perry's senior development executives will be based at Lionsgate's Santa Monica, California corporate headquarters.

Perry has already produced and marketed five feature films with Lionsgate, including Diary of a Mad Black Woman (February 2005), Madea's Family Reunion (February 2006), Daddy's Little Girls (February 2007), Why Did I Get Married? (October 2007) and Meet The Browns (March 2008), four of which opened at #1 at the weekend box office. Tyler Perry's films for Lionsgate have cumulatively grossed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars at the box office, and Lionsgate has sold more than 25 million Tyler Perry DVD's. Lionsgate also distributes Perry's hit television series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" in broadcast and first-run syndication on TBS and Fox (which begins airing September 22, 2008) through its Debmar-Mercury television subsidiary.


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