Lionsgate has opted against renewing its first-look deal with with Tyler Perry and his 34th Street Films banner -- in line with a move by Perry to consolidate his operations at his Atlanta headquarters.
Perry has opted to close the Los Angeles office of 34th Street, which first signed the first-look with Lionsgate in 2008 and was renewed in 2011.
Matt Moore was expected to stay on.
Lionsgate has distributed nearly all of Perry's films dating back to 2005â²s "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and is releasing his "The Single Moms Club" on March 14.
The end of the first-look deal does not mean the end of future Lionsgate-Perry collaborations, given that the studio still retains distribution rights to any project related to Perry's durable Madea character.
Lionsgate had no comment about the end of its deal with Perry. The studio has first-look deals with Kevin James and Allison Shearmer.
Perry's titles with Lionsgate include "The Family That Preys," "Madea Goes to Jail," "Madea's Family Reunion," "Daddy's Little Girls," "Why Did I Get Married?," "Meet the Browns," "Madea's Big Happy Family" and "We the Peeples."
Perry's debut play, "I Know I've Been Changed" was performed first in 1992. He bowed the Madea character in 2000â²s play "I Can Do Bad all by Myself," which was seen by Lionsgate exec Michael Paseornek and led to 2005â²s "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."
Perry's most recent release through Lionsgate was "A Madea Christmas," which grossed $52.5 million domestically following its release in December.
Perry had also produced several TV series in partnership with Lionsgate and its Debmar-Mercury wing. But that relationship has ended as well now that Perry is now a partner with Oprah Winfrey in her OWN cabler. Perry's first two shows for OWN, The soap "The Have and the Have Nots" and domestic comedy "For Better or Worse" have emerged as hits for the cabler.
News was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.