The 2019 Miss Universe pageant will be held at Tyler Perry Studios studio in Atlanta. Hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth consecutive year, the three-hour, international beauty competition will air live on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox and will simulcast live in Spanish on Telemundo, according to Deadline. “The Miss Universe telecast is distributed to more than 170 countries,” Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization, told The Associated Press. “We have always been proud to give a global platform to diverse, ambitious and strong young women – our leaders of tomorrow.”
The Miss Universe pageant includes women from more than 90 countries competing across several categories, ranging from swimsuit and evening gown to personal statement and interview. The Philippines’ Catriona Gray, the reigning Miss Universe, will be on hand to crown the new Miss Universe. Perry’s studio is spread out over 330 acres which used to house a former Confederate army base. It includes 12 soundstages, which are each named after prominent African-American actors and actresses.
Since Perry officially opened the studio, filmmakers have been lining up to shoot their movies on his set, reports TheGrio. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah of the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Bad Boys sequel, Bad Boys For Life, chose Tyler Perry Studios to produce the third installment. The Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall sequel to Coming to America, Coming 2 America, is also filming at the 330-acre studio. Tyler Perry Studios will also host the next Democratic Debate on Nov. 20. In addition, Perry announced on CBS This Morning that his eponymous film studio will provide a safe haven for homeless women, d!splaced LGBTQ youth, and s*x tr-aff!cking, v!cti-ms.
The movie mogul opened the state-of-the-art studio in Atlanta last month and held a star-studded gala to celebrate. He acquired The Tyler Perry Studio in 2015, which is located on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The major motion picture studio showcases 40 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and a diverse backlot. The successful filmmaker is the first African American to own a major film production studio of this magnitude.
Perry has filmed, produced, directed and/or starred in eight television shows, 22 movies, and 20 plays. He currently has two new series, Sistas and The Oval, on BET.
We see you, Tyler Perry. Putting in that work.