Tyler Perry Cleans House, Settles Writers Guild Battle

Tyler Perry has reportedly settled the much-talked-about battle with the Writers Guild after a series of events including a picket at the grand opening of his new studio in Atlanta. The deal, announced this week, came after five months of negotiations, reports Variety. Perry’s TBS comedies ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Meet The Browns’ will push forward as planned with season premieres early next year., The guild had accused Perry of firing four scribes around the same time they came in contact with the WGA. Perry denied the charge, saying the four were let go because he was unhappy with the quality of their work on “House of Payne” and the upcoming “Meet The Browns” spinoff (Variety). According to the WGA, the deal does not include the reinstatement of the four writers, three of whom were WGA members. “With a continued focus on fostering young, diverse talent, we are eager to continue our dialogue with the WGA to dramatically increase the number of minority writers working in Hollywood today,” Perry said in a statement. Tyler Perry, who is due to release ‘Madea Goes To Jail’ next year, has also completed deals with SAG, DGA, Teamsters and IATSE.


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