Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and Tyler Perry announced today an exclusive partnership which will bring Tyler’s all new television series and projects, including two new scripted series, to OWN in 2013. These will be the first original scripted series for OWN and Tyler will produce, write and direct both series.
Oprah spoke about the deal saying,
“I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come. We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series. He has an incredible ability to illuminate life stories and characters in his unique voice and inspires and encourages people all over the world.”
Tyler added, “It’s a dream realized to partner with Oprah and bring scripted programming to OWN. She has accomplished so much with the network and I’m excited to work with her to be a part of its continued growth.”
Folks over at the network are excited about the partnership too. WHo wouldn’t be excited about a man who knows how to rake in the major dollars (whether you like his shows or not).
David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications said,
“Bringing Tyler Perry exclusively to OWN is a major coup. Today’s announcement demonstrates the power of the Oprah brand to attract some of the biggest names in television and film to OWN. OWN’s growth over the past nine months has been nothing short of phenomenal and, with the continued support of our advertising and affiliate partners, this bold move into scripted entertainment positions OWN to continue that momentum going forward.”
Congrats to Tyler and Oprah!