Tyler Perry Is Trying To Become The Majority Owner Of BET
Welp, BET is about to get an influx of terrible wigs. Tyler Perry, the man who has an entire fortress in Atlanta dedicated to making his awfully wigged, haphazardly-written productions, is expanding into network television and is in talks to buy up a majority stake in BET.
If you thought Black Star Entertainment movies were kitschy, contrived, and plot-holed before–buckle up! News of BET’s potential sale comes as its parent company, Paramount, is “restructuring” and plans to focus on streaming sites, Paramount+ and also Pluto TV. And Showtime’s streaming platform is also going to become a part of Paramount+, so BET is really on the back burner, but Tyler Perry knows what to do with it. Tyler and BET go way back; the network actually helped with funding his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which came out in 2005. Currently, he’s a minority stake owner and also is a big contributor to the content on their streaming site BET+. House of Payne, Sisters, The Oval, Ruthless, Zatima, and Assisted Living are all Tyler shows on the streamer. Variety reports that now he wants the whole pie and is trying to buy the company. But so is entrepreneur Byron Allen, who is also coming for BET ownership.
Variety has confirmed that Perry is in talks to acquire the network, while a spokesperson for Allen stated that the Allen Media Group founder is also “interested in buying BET, and he will be pursuing the acquisition of the network.”
Deadline says that whoever gets it, Paramount would still maintain a minority stake in the company and keep a bunch of commercial agreements that already exist.
If Tyler gets ahold of BET, one thing assured is that Madea will absolutely make yet another comeback. And it may not even be as a fictional show because Tyler will have free reign of the place! I’m talking Madea Nightly News–Tyler dressed as Madea giving the news of the day with a twist. The opportunities for this man will be endless!
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