Tyler Perry Studios President of Production Ozzie Areu Exits, Forms New Studio
Launched with Will Areu, the company is also purchasing Tyler Perry's former studio space in southwest Atlanta.
Ozzie Areu is leaving his position as president of production at Tyler Perry Studios to form Areu Bros., a studio venture with his brother Will Areu. Will Areu is staying on at the studio as the new president of production, while Steve Mensch will remain as president and general manager of studio operations.
The new company is also purchasing Tyler Perry’s former studio space in southwest Atlanta, with the aim of transforming it into a multifaceted media campus encompassing music, tech, motion pictures and television operations. Since Ozzie and Will Areu are first-generation Cuban Americans, they will be the first Latinos to run and own a major film and television studio in the U.S.
Ozzie spent the past decade with Perry, helping to build Tyler Perry Studios’ content and studio businesses, intertwining worlds through storytelling and family friendly entertainment. His productions received many awards, including three NAACP Image Awards for the 2010 movie For Colored Girls. Throughout the past 10 years, the Areu brothers have helped oversee the production of 900 episodes across nine television series, 15 feature films and several plays.
"Ozzie has been a trailblazer in the entertainment industry since his start at TPS where he and Will have worked tirelessly to contribute to our success,” said Perry in a statement. “While I am sad to say goodbye to Ozzie, I am excited for this next chapter in his career of entertaining people, as he continues to push the limits in Hollywood.”
“I look forward to following in the steps of Tyler, my mentor, by owning a studio that also creates content and I’m especially inspired to build a 360-degree world that supports minority storytellers, creators and innovators,” said Ozzie Areu. Added Will Areu, "Both Ozzie and I feel so blessed and grateful for Mr. Perry and all of the amazing people we have worked with along the way, and owe so much to our families for supporting us on this amazing new journey ahead of us. I am also extremely honored to serve as President of Production at TPS."
Previously the world headquarters for Delta Airlines, the lot in Atlanta's Greenbriar region was the home for TPS from 2007 to 2016. Spanning 60 acres, it includes five soundstages and four office buildings (126,000 square feet) with executive offices, postproduction facilities, a theater, a commissary and fitness center. The studio also has a backlot consisting of a suburban neighborhood with 11 homes and a city street.