Would You Watch Tyler TV?
Despite the critics, Tyler Perry just can’t be stopped. He’s rumored to be following in the footsteps of good friend, Oprah, by launching his own TV network.
“Tyler is one of those rare resources that one could launch a channel with. We have a lot of options if we choose to go down that path,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told financial analysts Wednesday after posting a surprise first quarter profit on Tuesday.
Lionsgate could buy and rebrand a not-fully distributed channel, or pursue a “nesting strategy” with a channel it already has, including TV Guide.
Lionsgate has a first look deal with Perry and ten of his films that the mini-major has released since 2005 have grossed around $520 million at the North American box office.
Perry’s films, stage plays and DVDs have also sold more than 40 million DVD and digital units.
Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury distributes Perry’s two TV shows, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and its spinoff Meet The Browns.
I’m not sure how a whole channel full of Madea’s antics would work for me, but would you watch Tyler TV?