The channel will reportedly be full of reruns of Perry’s sitcoms and movies. There are also plans to buy third-party content that meshes with what the Times calls “Mr. Perry’s Christianity-tinged brand.”
Lionsgate and Mr. Perry declined to comment on the news.
The love-him-or-hate-him director and actor, who recently had a public falling-out with Spike Lee when Lee called his work “coonery,” has a loyal group of mostly African-American female fans who devour his work. His stage performances sell out in minutes, his TBS series have generated solid ratings, and his movies have sold more than $522 million in tickets.