People have been speculating Tyler Perry scoring his own network for years. With his recent announcement of a break from traveling doing stage plays, perhaps he is working on that project. Reports circulated last year that Lionsgate was looking to land Perry his own network. Following in the footsteps of his best friend Oprah Winfrey, a network would be the next best venture for Perry.
“Tyler is one of those rare resources that one could launch a channel with. We have a lot of options if we choose to go down that path,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.
There is no secret that Perry is a huge cash cow. With projects on-stage, television and in the movie theatres, his work is everywhere. Feltheimer even describes him as a rare piece of talent that could bring audiences together. He claims this is not the first time the company has thrown the idea around about Perry anchoring a network.
“We are prepared to say that we will end up with a state of the art, major studio-level pay TV deal in that territory, capable of taking Lionsgate UK to the next level of performance, and contributing millions of dollars a year in profits for Lionsgate,” he told analysts.
Perhaps the talk is reason Perry is claiming he is going to take a break. Tyler told fans on Facebook this week that he’s leaving his plays behind for now so that he can focus on other endeavors. Back in 2005, he also made this commitment. This was around the time when the network idea first surfaced.
“As much as I love to be out on stage and doing a live Madea show, the time has come again for me to take a long break from the stage,” Tyler said in a statement. “I have some major projects that I’m working on that will require a lot of my time and effort.”
Maybe a network would be the next move that requires more of his “time and effort.”