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OWN Loses One of Its Key Players to Viacom

Jul 14, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A producer, director and actor who has been a big part of the turnaround at OWN will be moving on. Deadline.com reports that Tyler Perry just signed a mega-deal encompassing film, television and short-form video at Viacom.

“Under the agreement, Perry, who is currently under an exclusive deal at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will produce approximately 90 episodes annually of original drama and comedy series for BET, which caters primarily to African-American audiences, and other Viacom networks,” Deadline reports. “Viacom will have exclusive licensing rights on the TV programming as well as exclusive distribution rights to Perry’s short-form video content. Additionally, the pact gives Paramount Pictures exclusive first-look rights on Perry’s feature film projects.”

The prolific Perry joined OWN in 2012 and helped elevate the start-up channel with original series including “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “For Better or Worse.”

“The film agreement is effective immediately, while the TV/short-form video one will kick in May 2019 when the OWN pact ends and will feature new series,” Deadline notes. “Both parts of Perry’s Viacom deal will go through 2024.”

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