Janet Jackson inks deal with Lionsgate

March 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 16 (UPI) -- Janet Jackson's jdj Entertainment and Lionsgate have entered into an agreement for the U.S. pop star to develop and produce a movie.

Michael Paseornek, Lionsgate's president of motion picture production and development, made the announcement Wednesday.

"My experiences of working with the creative group at Lionsgate have been powerful and exciting," Jackson said in a statement. "We've made three films together so far, directed by the gifted and prolific Tyler Perry. There is genius at this studio in every department. They don't just make films, they nurture artists who want to make great films. From story to marketing and promotion, Lionsgate is a great organization, and I am proud that they will be the new home for jdj Entertainment."

"While developing a relationship with Janet Jackson over the course of three films, we recognized her instincts for storytelling," Paseornek said. "She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes. We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion, and immense talent."

Jackson has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Her film credits include John Singleton's "Poetic Justice," as well as "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married," "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too" and "For Colored Girls," all directed by Perry.

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