The cast and crew camped out at Tyler Perry Studios for 51 days total.
Tyler Perry has always been a prolific filmmaker, and he recently set the bar for productivity in quarantine. The recently-named billionaire showed a billion-dollar work ethic in the past two months. On Sunday, the movie mogul wrapped up a marathon of content production that lasted two months, 32 days of shooting, and 51 days of quarantine. In that time, he wrapped shooting on four separate series.
Starting July 9, Perry shot new seasons of Sisters, The Oval, Ruthless, and Bruh at his record-setting studio compound. Cast and crew members were tested upon check-in, with everyone staying in their rooms until results came in. Out of 360 total people, there were only four positive tests during the initial screening, and after the quarantine period, no more cases arose.
Tyler Perry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he budgeted an extra $18 million to pull off the Tyler Perry Studios bubble. Perry kept cast and crew on campus using a combination of existing housing and rental housing.
“We were supposed to start in March,” he said. “That’s when everything started shutting down. I’m going to learn everything I can. I talked to [Emory epidemiologist] and Sanjay Gupta…I immediately started working on a plan because I was waiting for a federal response. When I realized none was coming, I knew we couldn’t wait around forever. So let’s go for it.”
Bruh will return to BET+ on September 10.
Later this month, Perry will accept the Governors Award at the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 30.