American Filmmaker Tyler Perry Makes History As The First Black American To Own A Major Film Studio(+Photos)

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Tyler Perry hosted the grand opening of his movie studios this week in Atlanta, Georgia, and made history in the process.

The Tyler Perry Studios are, simply, huge. At 330 acres with 12 sound stages, Perry’s lot is bigger than Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount’s studios in Burbank, California, combined.

The actor, writer, comedian and filmmaker made history with the opening of his studios, as the first black American to own a major film studio outright.

Guests at the grand opening of the studios included Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson and Beyoncé.

However, despite the new studios, and the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame he just received, Perry believes Hollywood doesn’t ‘get’ him, and the industry ignores him and his work.

As he told CBS News:

I clearly believe that I’m ignored in Hollywood, for sure. And that’s fine. I get it.

My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up [with], and we speak a language. Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?’

But I know what I do is important. I know what I do touches millions of people around the world. I know how important every word, every joke, every laugh is.  I know what that does for the people where I come from and the people that I’m writing for. So, yeah, I get that.”

Tyler Perry took to his Instagram page to share some photos from his grand opening. Checkout the photos below;

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