Oct 21, 2019
By Nicole Bitette
A built-to-scale White House is only the beginning.
The new Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta sprawls across 330 acres. It has an airport terminal, a strip mall, two baseball fields, a golf course, a residential neighborhood, and a near-exact replica of the White House. It even has its own exit sign on Georgia State Route 166.
It's one of the biggest film studios in America and it’s the only one created by a singular namesake. Walt and Roy built Disney, four brothers assembled Warner Brothers, several companies collaborated to create Paramount Pictures’ lot. But at Tyler Perry Studios, all roads lead back to Perry.
Which, of course, is why the lot is so expansive. Perry is a prolific creator. He’s directed 20 films, which grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide; he’s written, directed, and produced eight TV series; and both his books landed on the New York Times best-seller list. He turned the character of Madea from a stage character to a film franchise matriarch to become what critic Hilton Als described “as the most financially successful black man the American film industry has ever known.”
“What we're doing here at Tyler Perry Studios hasn't been done in a hundred years. We're building a major motion picture studio,” says Steve Mensch, president and general manager of studio operations at Tyler Perry Studios. “I feel like I'm on the ground with a legend.”
"What we're doing here at Tyler Perry Studios hasn't been done in a hundred years. We're building a major motion picture studio."
President and General Manager, Tyler Perry Studios