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Tyler Perry Studios, WGA Make Deal

Tyler Perry Studios and the Writers Guild of America have reached a contract agreement after more than five months of negotiations.

The WGA was the last union with which the independent production company needed to make a deal. Tyler Perry Studios already has reached deals with the Teamsters, IATSE, SAG, DGA and others.

“At a time when true independent producers like Mr. Perry are rare in this business, we congratulate him on his success and welcome his decision to become signatory to a WGA contract,” Patric M. Verrone, president of Writers Guild of America, West, said in a statement. “I also would like to thank Ben Jealous, NAACP national president and CEO, Vic Bulluck, executive director, NAACP Hollywood bureau, and Clayola Brown, national president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, for their help during this negotiation.”

In October, former writers of TBS’ “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” picketed Mr. Perry’s studio opening in Atlanta, claiming that they were fired for a WGA union-organizing campaign.