Tyler Perry still runs in Lionsgate's family

Inks first-look deal for three additional films

Tyler Perry has signed a three-year, first-look deal with Lionsgate, the studio that released his 2005 breakthrough debut feature, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

Under the agreement, Perry will produce three more feature films for Lionsgate beyond his next two releases, "The Family That Preys" and "Madea Goes to Jail." Lionsgate will also continue to handle Perry's additional multimedia output, including DVDs.

"Tyler Perry defines the bold entrepreneurial spirit that sets Lionsgate apart as a next-generation studio connecting with audiences in new and exciting ways," said Mike Paseornek, president of motion picture production for Lionsgate. "He is one of the most original, prolific and successful creative voices in the entertainment world today. The Tyler Perry franchise is a unique global phenomenon, and we're privileged to call Tyler a member of our Lionsgate family."

Through Lionsgate, Perry has released "Madea's Family Reunion," "Daddy's Little Girls," "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Meet the Browns," which combined have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the boxoffice and on DVD.

Perry, repped by WMA, has expanded his brand successfully across book publishing, TV, film and the stage (he began his creative life as a playwright). Also in the works is Tyler Perry Studios, an Atlanta compound that he is turning into a film and TV production facility.

Perry's TBS series "House of Payne," also distributed by Lionsgate, moves to syndication on Fox in September. "The Family That Preys" will be released Sept. 12.
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