Actor/director Tyler Perry is one step closer to landing his own TV channel after signing a deal with bosses at leading movie studio Lionsgate.
The Madea Goes to Jail star has previously voiced his desire to follow in Oprah Winfrey's footsteps and launch his own network, and now he's landed the perfect opportunity to develop the idea with film executives.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer says, "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. He is a rare piece of talent that can bring an audience anywhere."
Perry already has a history with Lionsgate bosses - they have previously distributed his Madea film franchise and they worked together on the 2009 Oscar-nominated film Precious, which he produced.