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Ozzie Areu is departing his role as president of Tyler Perry Studios and with his brother, Will Areu, forming Areu Bros. Ozzie and Will Areu are first-generation Cuban Americans and will be the first Latinos to run and own a major film and television studio in the U.S.
The brothers are also purchasing Tyler Perry’s former studio space in southwest Atlanta, with the goal of transforming it into a multifaceted media campus encompassing music, tech, motion pictures and television operations.The lot in the Greenbriar area was the home for TPS from 2007 to 2016. It sits on 60 acres and includes five sound stages, four office buildings with executive offices, post-production facilities, a theater, a commissary, and a fitness center.
“I look forward to following in the steps of Tyler, my mentor, by owning a studio that also creates content and I’m especially inspired to build a 360 world that supports minority storytellers, creators, and innovators,” Ozzie Areu said.
Ozzie Areu oversaw the 2011 movie “For Colored Girls,” which won the best picture trophy at the NAACP Image Awards and the BET Awards.