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Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Tyler Perry to create shows exclusively for OWN


Tyler Perry (Peter Kramer - AP)
OWN network has struck an exclusive multi-year deal with Tyler Perry in which he will create scripted programming for the co-venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications.

OWN will become Perry’s “singular destination” for all new TV series, including the network’s first two scripted shows, scheduled to debut in mid-2013. Perry will exec-produce, write and direct both series.

Winfrey and Perry previously collaborated on the flick “Precious.”

Until now, Perry’s TV series have run on TBS — including the very popular “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Meet the Browns” and “For Better or Worse.”

OWN will retain all rights to Perry’s programming for the network, according to a network rep.

“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,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav crowed Monday.

By  |  07:34 PM ET, 10/01/2012

 
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