On Saturday, Tyler Perry debuted his new Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Perry made history as the only Black man to own a major movie studio in the U.S.
Perry invited many of his celebrity friends and frequent collaborators. The guest list included: Oprah Winfrey, Cecily Tyson, Taraji P. Henson, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish, Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Halle Berry, and more.
The studio sits on over 330 acres and it used to be a Confederate Army Base. Perry said that he dedicated each of the 12 sound stages to a Black person who’s made strides in Hollywood, including the late Diahann Carroll.
Fun Fact: The studio lots of Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox and Sony could fit inside @TylerPerry’s studio lot at the same time - and there would still be 60 acres to spare. All on a former Confederate Army base. A stunning achievement that will echo through the generations. https://t.co/XCeXE09y77— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 6, 2019
Part of Ava's Instastory of the tour of the studio.