The first major Latino-owned and -operated movie production studio in the United States, AREU BROS., is expected to open for business in southwest Atlanta this year.
Tyler Perry Studios
African-American filmmaker and media mogul Tyler Perry recently moved his studios to the site of an old army base called Fort McPherson.
That left the old site, in southwest Atlanta, vacant. The former president of Tyler Perry Studios is a man named Ozzie Areu. Areu said he drove through the old studios in January 2018 and had an idea.
“The studio was for sale for a while, and I was obviously still working for Tyler,” Areu said. “And I just had that moment, that overwhelming, ‘You have to buy this.’”
So he did. Areu purchased more than 56 acres of the land where the old studio location was – most of it still undeveloped – for $18.5 million.