According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the studio was hand-picked to be the venue on Nov. 20, when the Dem candidates will debate key policies and make their arguments for why they should be the pick to run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams also confirmed the news in a tweet:
“Democratic Debate site is set: [Tyler Perry Studios] is a model for Georgia’s vibrant film industry, an engaged corporate citizen and an exceptional location for our #DemDebate. Looking forward to welcoming the candidates to Georgia on November 20.”
Tyler Perry Studios is the first large scale studio owned by an African-American. The sprawling backlot houses 12 soundstages – each named after an African American trailblazer – as well as production facilities for Perry’s film and TV projects, and third party studios.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “the complex is larger than Paramount, Warner Bros. and Walt Disney’s Burbank studios combined.”
The debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, will have an all-female set of moderators. Rachel Maddow, who moderated the debate in June, will be joined by Andrea Mitchell, host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC; Kristen Welker, NBC News’ White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post.
The debate is scheduled to take place on Nov. 20 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET.