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Perry Opens Up New Studio Despite WGA Protests

Perry Opens Up New Studio Despite WGA Protests

On Saturday Tyler Perry's empire became even bigger.

Published October 5, 2008

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On Saturday Tyler Perry's empire became even bigger.

The man responsible for making Madea a national icon, opened up his new multi-million dollar film and TV studio on Saturday night in Atlanta with a guest list that included Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Debra Lee, Forest Whitaker, Whitney Houston, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson,  Patti LaBelle, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and singer Mary J. Blige.

TPS is located on 30 acres and occupies more than 200,000 square feet of studio and office space near downtown Atlanta.

The celebration went on as planned despite a threatened protest by four disgruntled writers who Perry fired from his "House of Payne" show earlier in the week.   The Writers Guild of America West has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Perry. The writers alleged that they were underpaid and were working without benefits. Perry's L.A. lawyer, Matt Johnson, said they were cut because of inferior work.

Written by Miki Turner

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