As president of Tyler Perry Studios, Ozzie Areu plays an integral role in the work of an extremely talented writer, director, producer, creator and actor. He works diligently beside Mr. Perry to oversee all aspects of the studio, including business management, operations, feature films, television shows, stage play productions and new business projects. Mr. Areu leads the way to maintain the Tyler Perry Studios vision, “A Place Where Even Dreams Believe,” where positive entertainment is created for the entire family.
From casting to budgeting and beyond, Mr. Areu is the person who is trusted to “put it all together” when it comes to new projects. He spearheads Mr. Perry’s creative vision and has been a driving force behind most of the films, including MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, GOOD DEEDS, MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION, TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR, THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB, A MADEA CHRISTMAS, and MADEA’S TOUGH LOVE. Mr. Areu manages 34th Street Films, a Tyler Perry production arm that discovered the film PRECIOUS while at the Sundance Film Festival, and produced the movies PEEPLES and FOR COLORED GIRLS, which was named Best Picture at the 2011 BET Awards. He has produced almost 600 episodes of successful situational dramas and sitcoms. These include episodes of the television series IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, MEET THE BROWNS, and HOUSE OF PAYNE, which received four NAACP Image awards in 2012 and 2013.
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