Tyler Perry joins other studios in stopping production

Originally posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Tyler Perry, who keeps his Tyler Perry Studios busy all the time, has placed his own production there on hold. Others who lease out stage space there have chosen to stop production as well.

He had planned to shoot two TV series over the next couple of weeks but had to place them on hiatus with the coronavirus spreading across metro Atlanta.

Perry will pay the freelancers who were assigned to work those series.

According to the Georgia film office, Perry is set to shoot seasons 2 of BET series “The Oval” and “Sistas.” Perry has been writing scripts for both shows in recent weeks. He largely writes his TV series and movies himself.

He also is continuing to pay Tyler Perry Studios employees who are largely working from home.

Perry has joined other major studios who began suspending production last week. This pandemic has thrown thousands of people out of work in the entertainment business in the state.

How long this hiatus lasts depends on when Georgia and other states can genuinely slow the spread of the virus, which has shown a higher death rate than a traditional flu.

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