US brpadcaster Own: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced a
partnership with actor, director, screenwriter, playwright
and producer Tyler Perry to become his singular destination
for all new television series and projects, including two
new scripted series for the network to premiere in mid 2013.
will be the first original scripted series for OWN and Perry
will executive produce, write and direct both series.
is known for television series 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne',
'Meet the Browns' and 'For Better Or Worse' Own CEO Oprah
Winfrey said, "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."
said, "It's a dream realised 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."
president, CEO David Zaslav said, "Bringing Tyler Perry
exclusively to Own is a major coup. This 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."