Everyone is talking about the wonderful night it was at the Grand Opening of Tyler Perry’s Studio, but what most people are not talking about is his refusing to pay writers according to their union standard. Now most people do not want to say something that can be perceived as negative or as a hater, but since I do not give a damn about what anyone thinks I will dare to step out and tell you the truth. According to copy of the open letter to Mr. Perry it is clear that he was not interested in paying the writers at their union rate. Now prior to the writers strike and how they almost shut down Hollywood this would not have mattered much nor would have made a good story. Rather than my telling you what I think I am going to post the letter and allow you to give me your feedback. Open Letter: Hollywood Heavy Hitters Send Direct Message To Tyler Perry
In his letter to fans, filmmaker and playwright, Tyler Perry shared the news that he has spent a considerable amount of time dealing with a stalker. Prior to the huge grand opening party of his amazing studio in Atlanta the movie mogul stated. “I’m trying to be careful how I say this without inciting this person, but I have a stalker,” he begins. “This person sends several hundred e-mails a day to my office and has planned our wedding and bought rings and such. She has show up at my house several times. What’s crazy is I’ve never met this woman nor have I even responded to her e-mails. I’ve had to increase the guards at my house as well as travel with bodyguards and I hate that. I hat to have big guys following me around.” Perry’s letter goes on to thank fans for supporting his latest film “Meet the Browns.” He wrote: “the great thing about it for me was all of the e-mails that I got from single mothers who needed to see it. I know this movie wasn’t for everyone, but for the people that I spoke to you let me know how it touched you and that lets me know that I’m still on the right track.” He closed the letter by asking fans to do him a favor. “Time magazine is having their top 100 people issue and my name is on the list. Don’t ask me why (smile). And I was just told that YOU have to vote for the person that you like the most,” he wrote. “You can vote as many times as you want I don’t know what this means or why they selected me for this list, but since they did, I’d sure like for your to have a voice in the contest.”
Now it is funny to think that Perry of all people would have a stalker. Although, he is a movie mogul, Tyler is not all that attractive to have someone that wants him so desperately they would risk being incarcerated to get with him. Recently during a radio interview he shared an incident while he was driving his Phantom Rolls Royce with the top down in Atlanta and a guy actually jumped in the car while he was stopped at a red light. How many of you are wondering if Tyler’s alleged stalker is actually a woman? Rumor his it that it is not a stalker at all, but someone that he knows or should I say a guy that he knew rather well at one time and now wants him to get lost. Now this is possible and far closer to the reality, but seems highly unlikely for someone to want to get close to him just that bad. Tyler might want to get over himself and the success by remembering all the black people that went to see his plays and movies that made him the mogul he is today. Tyler has some trouble paying people for the services rendered, read this e-mail I received about the reason why people protested outside of the grand opening of his studio.
The story goes a lot more like this, while celebrating his phenomenal success in the film industry and partied with the who’s who of Black star power at the opening of his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta this weekend, the Writers Guild Association sent an open letter to the creator of the infamous Madea character and the letter was signed by some of the most prominent show runners in Hollywood. Obnoxious is reporting that the gospel playwright had come under fire for unfair labor practices and the WGA filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming that Perry had four writers from ‘House of Payne’ (Kellie Griffin, Christopher Moore, Teri Brown-Jackson and Lamont Ferrell) unlawfully fired because they wanted the union involved in their contract negotiations with Perry’s company.
Despite the shocking news about Perry terminating writers after refusing to pay minimum industry rates, health care, pension and residuals making headlines at the start of the weekend, the man behind ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman‘ and ‘Why Did I Get Married’ hosted the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Will Smith and Patti LaBelle at his new studio complex.
The 39-year-old New Orleans native, who has become one of modern Hollywood’s most wealthiest moguls after allegedly being homeless and sleeping in his car, purchased 30 acres of land and a facility that once housed the Delta Air Lines’ business center to open his multimillion-dollar TV and film studio.
While Perry celebrated his rags to riches story during the two-day complex opening, the WGA issued their open letter and the likes of Shonda Rhimes (’Grey’s Anatomy‘/’Private Practice‘), Marc Cherry (’Desperate Housewives‘), Tina Fey (’30 Rock’), Steve Peterman (‘Hannah Montana‘), Rene Balcer (’Law & Order’/’Law & Order: Criminal Intent‘), Warren Hutcherson (’Everybody Hates Chris‘/’The Bernie Mac Show‘) and 66 other show runners united to speak out against his actions.
Dear Tyler Perry,
This season, scripted television programming will consist of about 150 shows employing 1,200 writers.
Of that universe, 149 shows and 1,193 writers will produce shows covered by the Writers Guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement. The MBA guarantees minimum compensation, residuals, health coverage, and pension in addition to other benefits.
Right now, these seven writers are in a struggle with you, the producer of ‘House of Payne,’ to extend Guild coverage to the show. This past Monday, after months of negotiations with the Guild, four of the writers were abruptly and illegally fired because of their efforts to secure the same minimums and benefits as their peers.
We all know that producing television is a tough and uncertain business. But some things are simply not acceptable.
We have a simple ask – reinstate the writers and make a fair deal with WGA.
Rich Appel, ‘The Cleveland Show’
Lee Aronsohn, ‘Two & a Half Men‘/’The Big Bang Theory’
Rene Balcer, ‘Law & Order’/’Law & Order: Criminal Intent’
Alan Ball, ‘True Blood’
Carol Barbee, ‘Swingtown‘
Carter Bays, ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Ed Bernero, ‘Criminal Minds’
Jenny Bicks, ‘Men in Trees’/’Sex and the City’
John Bowman, ‘Frank TV’/’Martin’/’In Living Color’
Shane Brennan, ‘NCIS’
Marc Cherry, ‘Desperate Housewives‘
Alan Cohen, ‘Held Up‘
Elizabeth Craft, ‘Dollhouse’
Bob Daily, ‘Desperate Housewives’
Elias Davis, WGAW Secretary Treasurer
Gary Dontzig, ‘Murphy Brown’/‘Suddenly Susan’/’Becker’/‘Hannah Montana’
Sarah Fain, ‘Dollhouse’
Kevin Falls, ‘Journeyman’
Michele Fazekas, ‘Reaper’
Tina Fey, ‘30 Rock’
Larry Gelbart, ‘M*A*S*H’
Mike Gibbons, ‘Talk Show with Spike Feresten’
David A. Goodman, ‘Family Guy’
Glenn Gordon Caron, ‘Medium’/’Now and Again’/‘Moonlighting’
John Gray, ‘Ghost Whisperer’
Walon Green, ‘Canterbury’s Law’
Marc Guggenheim, ‘Eli Stone’
Hart Hanson, ‘Bones’
Warren Hutcherson, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’/’The Bernie Mac Show’
Michael Jamin, ‘Glenn Martin’
Al Jean, ‘The Simpsons’
Mike Kelley, ‘Swingtown‘
Anne Kenney, ‘Greek‘
Bill Lawrence, ‘Scrubs’/‘Spin City’
Michael Leeson, ‘Bill Engvall Show’/‘The Cosby Show’
Steve Levitan, ‘Just Shoot Me’
Chuck Lorre, ‘Two and a Half Men’/‘The Big Bang Theory’
Bill Martin, ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’/‘Grounded for Life’
Chris McGuire, ‘Mind of Mencia’
Carol Mendelsohn, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’/ ‘CSI: Miami’/‘CSI: NY’
Ted Mulkerin, ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’
Peter Murietta, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’
Marti Noxon, ‘Mad Men’/‘Private Practice’
John Peaslee, ‘Operating Instructions’
Steve Peterman, ‘Hannah Montana’
Clyde Phillips, ‘Dexter’
Judd Pillot, ‘Operating Instructions’
Bill Prady, ‘The Big Bang Theory‘
Matt Pyken, ‘Knight Rider’
Michael Rauch, ‘Love Monkey’/‘Beautiful People’/‘Life is Wild’
Andrew Reich, ‘Friends’
Shonda Rhimes, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’/‘Private Practice’
Shawn Ryan, ‘The Shield’/‘The Unit’
David Sacks, ‘Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil’
Steve Skrovan, ‘‘Til Death’
Mike Schiff, ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’/‘Grounded for Life’
Robin Schiff, former WGAW Board Member
Gary Scott Thompson, ‘Knight Rider’/‘Las Vegas’
Chris Sheridan, ‘Family Guy’
Amy Sherman-Palladino, ‘Gilmore Girls’
David Simkins, ‘Warehouse 13′/‘The Dresden Files’/‘The Book of Daniel’
Robert Singer, ‘Supernatural’
Dan Sterling, ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’
Matt Tarses, ‘Worst Week’
Alison Taylor, ‘Just Jordan’
Betsy Thomas, ‘My Boys’
Eric Tuchman, ‘Kyle XY’
Marc Warren, ‘Cory in the House’
Michael Warren, ‘Happy Days’/‘Family Matters’/’Hanging with Mr. Cooper’
Matthew Weiner, ‘Mad Men’
Dan Wilcox, ‘M*A*S*H’/‘Newhart’/‘Growing Pains’/WGAW Board Member
Larry Wilmore, former WGAW Board Member, ‘The Bernie Mac Show’
In no way am I a hater so now that I have told you what some in the industry had to say about him let me give you a few more details about Tyler’s big weekend. Tyler Perry made movie history. The director, producer, screenwriter and actor has become the first Black person to have the level of consciousness own and operate a full-service movie and television studio. Perry celebrated his studio opening by hosting a lavish, celebrity-filled gala here Saturday night, which included guests Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Cicely Tyson.
Perry, who was less than impeccably, dressed in an all-white ensemble very much after Labor Day, treated guests to an elegant evening, complete with string orchestra, choir, champagne and fireworks.
Attendees, dressed in formal black ball gowns and tuxedos, took part in many special moments, from the “walk of faith” studio tour highlighted by images of Black Hollywood icons to impromptu musical performances by Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and John Legend. The evening’s most moving moment came when Perry honored Poitier, Tyson, and Dee, along with her late husband Ossie Davis, by naming a soundstage after each living legend. The announcement came as a surprise to the special guests, who were asked to christen their respective buildings by breaking a bottle of champagne on its doorstep.
”This is American history, a first in the universe,” said Smith. “Tyler Perry has a dream. He knows what he wants to do, he knows how he wants to do it, and he’s not letting anyone get in his way. And those are the wonderful, naïve, arrogant, humble, powerfully American concepts that make things like this possible in this country.”
“I’m learning to own my life—the good, the bad, the ugly—and enjoy the moment,” said Perry. “I never would have showed this to people a few years ago because I’ve been embarrassed by the success. Now, I’ve learned to just celebrate it. I thank God for it.”
“Look what your baby boy has did,” said Perry to his loving parents, moments before his 200-plus guests dined on a delicious mix of Asian, Southern and Cajun cuisines. The intimate dinner featured performances by Mary J. Blige, who had Winfrey and Steadman Graham grooving to her bass-heavy, club banger “Just Fine.”
The evening radiated with star wattage. Tameka Foster Glover, now Raymond glowed as she greeted friends, visibly pregnant with baby No. 2 with husband Usher Raymond, who was not in attendance, while Star Jones snuggled at her table with new beau, executive chef Herb Wilson. Music industry’s finest L.A. Reid and Legend talked shop, while Terri J. Vaughn, Holly Robinson Peete and Jennifer Lewis belted out “I’m Going Down” from the dance floor. Newlyweds Malinda Williams and Derrick “D-Nice” Jones got the party started right as they danced to DJ Cassidy’s old-school mixes, and the legendary Cicely Tyson ruled the dance floor way past midnight, just as Jermanie Dupri strolled in the door sans his special lady, Janet Jackson.
Other celebs in attendance included Danny Glover, Kirk Franklin, Derek Luke, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Hank Aaron, Valerie Simpson, Nick Ashford, Debbie Allen, Evander Holyfield, Tasha Smith, Malik Yoba, Tracey Edmonds, Lynn Whitfield, Kimberly Elise, Rockmond Dunbar, Johnny Gill and many, many more.
Perry, who released “The Family That Preys” last recently, has enjoyed blockbuster success on the silver screen with his films “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” This month, he’ll add his second television series to his résumé when he debuts “Meet the Browns,” the small-screen adaptation of his stage play, following the success of his hit show “House of Payne.”
You have officially been choked by the Bow Tie!