Tammy Williams is the majority owner of a new television studio in Atlanta. Until now, Tyler Perry was the only black person to own a studio in the state, but this deal makes her the first black woman to own a $135 million studio and post-production facility.
According to black business, has been working to make this happen for over ten years. She says, “We’ve been patient,” she said. “It wasn’t an overnight thing, this vision for us.” Williams has over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry producing and directing primarily Christian content. She collaborated on this deal with her business partner Gary Guidry, CEO of G-Square Events, founded by Cinema South Studios.
They will begin innovating in March for Cinema South studios located in northern Fayette County. With 60 acres, the studio is fully equipped with 11 sound stages, a back lot, a lighting and grip rental house, props and a cabinet. The production facility will include a transportation company and an office building to house a theater and post-production. Williams is ramping up construction of the studio and aims to have things semi-operable by early 2023.
“The demand for sound stages is happening globally, and ownership rarely looks like us, let alone an African American woman,” Guidry said in an official statement, AJC reports. “When I choose to invest, I assess the needs of the business and the property. Investing in Tammy Williams and her team of professionals convinced me to purchase the land in Fayetteville, GA.