Tyler Perry officially christened his massive new film studio Saturday, beaming as his fellow entertainment industry luminaries descended on Atlanta and strode a red carpet to his sprawling complex for an opening gala.
The late Diahann Carroll has a stage named in her honor at Tyler Perry Studios
Metro Atlanta is often called the Hollywood of the South, and as the city's prominence in the industry rises, the man often credited with starting Georgia's film production boom is celebrating a major step forward.
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Tuesday honoring entertainment mogul Tyler Perry for creating an entertainment empire spawned by a series of films about the God-fearing, gun-toting grandmother Madea.
Tyler Perry said he cannot "just up and leave" filming in Georgia despite Hollywood's backlash against the state's "heartbeat" abortion law.