Perry still runs in Lionsgate's family


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 also will 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 at Lionsgate.

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. (partialdiff)