Madea Origin TV Series ‘Mabel’ In Works At Showtime From Tyler Perry, Tim Palen, JaNeika & JaSheika James

Twin sisters JaNeika and JaSheika James rose up the ranks from staff writer to supervising producer on Empire, then served as co-executive producers on True Story and Gossip Girl.
The company is involved in Lionsgate’s film adaptation of Erin Morgenstern’s phantasmagorical fairy tale novel Night Circus, to be directed by Geremy Jasper. John Lennon.” /> Prior to founding Barnyard Projects, Palen was executive producer on the documentaries Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and The U.S. vs. Former Lionsgate CMO/President of Marketing Tim Palen launched Barnyard Projects in January of 2019 with a first look film deal with Lionsgate.
After starting off on stage and then moving to the big screen, Tyler Perry's Madea is now headed to television.
Perry is set to receive an Honorary Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards in April 2021 as the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Perry can next be seen in Taylor Sheridan’s American Western thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead opposite Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal, and Nicholas Hoult, in addition to playing a role in Adam McKay’s upcoming Netflix feature film, Don’t Look Up, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and Cate Blanchett.
Per Mabel's official description, every great story has to start somewhere and every legend has a beginning. When she moved to Atlanta in 1972 she set the city – and the world – on fire! Long before she was the force of nature known as Madea she was a smart, fierce, irresistible, dangerous, crazy 20-something black woman named…Mabel Simmons.
They are all produced at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. He is behind such popular series as BET's Sistas and The Oval and BET+'s Bruh and Ruthless. It opened in October 2019, making Perry making him the first African American to be at the helm of a major production studio. This marks the latest project under Perry's expansive relationship with ViacomCBS, which includes his co-venture with the company, BET+.
It launched a blockbuster franchise for Lionsgate that spanned nine live-action and one animated movies, most recently A Madea Family Funeral in 2019. Portrayed by Perry, Madea was 65 in the first play, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, and aged as the franchise progressed. The character made the leap to the big screen with Tyler’s first feature, the 2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which was a breakout boxoffice hit. Perry's Hollywood career was launched by his plays featuring Mabel "Madea" Earlene Simmons, a character he based on his mom and his aunt.
Perry and Palen executive produce alongside JaNeika and JaSheika James.
Showtime is developing Mabel, a drama series created by Perry and Tim Palen. The high-profile project, which has received a multiple-script order, tracks the origin story of the larger-than-life Madea character created and performed by Perry. It is written by JaNeika James and JaSheika James.

Lionsgate Cruises Past Wall Street’s Q1 Estimates As Starz Notches Subscriber Gains, Expands In Europe

In June, as Deadline first reported, Damon Wolf came aboard as worldwide head of marketing, replacing the formerly bulletproof Tim Palen in a sign of corporate restlessness. The company has appeared to pull back a bit from its vocal assertions of its viability in the industry's ongoing M&A conversations, instead focusing on shoring up its business units, including the film operations being guided by returning executive Joe Drake.
Lionsgate soundly beat forecasts by Wall Street analysts for its fiscal first quarter, reporting a fully diluted loss of 4 cents per share of and total revenue of $932.7 million
Television Production revenue increased 7% to $279.4 million, with domestic license fees and international proceeds leading the charge, but profits in the segment fell 64% to $15.6 million.” />
Starz reported a sequential increase of 300,000 subscribers in the quarter ending June 30, recording gains in both traditional MVPD and OTT subscribers. Along with the financial results, the company also announced that it has entered agreements to launch StarzPlay branded channels in France, Italy and Spain, following previous launches in the UK and Germany.
Analysts had called for a loss of 7 cents a share and revenue of $885.1 million.
Motion Pictures segment revenues decreased by 23% in the quarter on tough comparisons with a year ago as profit decreased by 41% to $51.6 million due to higher theatrical marketing expenses. The quarter's film slate included solid, if not spectacular, performers such as Overboard and Uncle Drew, which fared better than the titles released theatrically in the comparable period a year ago but didn't throw off as much overall cash.
That quarter had included the surprising gains from the second John Wick installment and strong ancillary business for La La Land. The key metrics in the quarter ending June 30 represented a downturn from the year-earlier period, when the company reported earnings of 8 cents a share and revenue of $1.01 billion.
The company's shares have slumped since January, when the blockbuster momentum from Wonder and the swirl of dealmaking fascination with the company's status as an acquisition target kept them buoyed. Today, the stock closed at $23.15, more than 1% higher for the day but still 30% below the levels of that winning winter stretch. Investor sentiment has reflected this cooling trend.
With the 300,000 subscriber additions, the premium network stands at 23.8 million across platforms. Media Networks revenues rose 3% to $354.9 million due to OTT gains, though profits in the unit came in flat due to the cost of rolling out Starz internationally and domestic marketing spending.