Filmmaker Tyler Perry announced on Tuesday that he will be resuming his productions from the 8th of July regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tyler Perry (50), was amongst the first Hollywood film and television executives to announce the resumption of production. The television network BET mentioned in a statement that Perry will be starting with the production of his television shows: ‘Sistas’- a show about the love lives and friendship of a group of single black females, and ‘The Oval’- a behind the scenes tale of life in the White House.
The production of the shows will start on the 8th of July at his ‘sprawling’ Tyler Perry Studios Complex in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia being one the first U.S states to open up barber shops, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in late April.
The filmmaker who is one of the wealthiest and most prolific black entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, bought a former army base in Atlanta in 2015 and transformed it into a 330-acre self-contained lot consisting of housing, green space and 12 sound stages, qualifying it to be counted amongst the largest production facilities in the United States.
The announcement was made as Hollywood movie studios, major television networks and streaming services are still putting together protocols as means of prioritising the safety of actors and crew members on sets that were shut in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are still going to announce the plans and dates for filming of TV shows and movies to resume.
Perry, the creator and star of the ‘Madea movies’, told Hollywood publication deadline last month that he had consulted labour unions and local authorities in putting down a proper plan for his productions which involved separating the cast and crews in accommodation at his studios for the period of a shoot.