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After appearing in the Lionsgate produced Tyler Perry films, For Colored Girls…, Why Did I Get Married and it’s sequel, Janet Jackson has signed a film production deal with the company. The deal will allow Jackson to select, develop, and produce a feature film for the company.

“Many people forget I started out as an actor,” Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I have been fortunate to work in the film industry, though not as much as I would like. I have a passion for storytelling, and have been doing it through my music for some time.”

“She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes,”says Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate president of motion picture production and development . “We are honored to be able to provide a home for her ideas, passion and immense talent.”

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