Perry to produce show for OWN
Winfrey’s OWN network is venturing into scripted programming for the first time through a deal with Tyler Perry. OWN says Perry will produce, write and direct two series for the cable network, to premiere next year. Perry is the creative force behind movies like Madea’s Family Reunion and the TBS series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Perry credits advice from Winfrey (pictured) for helping him write his first musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed, in 1992. After a slow start, OWN has been improving its ratings, largely due to aggressive booking of interviews for Winfrey’s own show.