Exclusive: Mark Swinton has been promoted to senior vice president of scripted programming at Tyler Perry Studios. In his extended role, Swinton will oversee the creative department, which includes current programming, casting and development. Robert A., chief operating officer of Swinton TPS, served as head of the script. Reported to Boyd II. He will also continue writing, producing and directing.
Swinton is a film, television and theater writer, producer and director who has been working in the entertainment industry for 25 years, with TPS for the last 14 years. During that time, he has produced several of Perry’s shows that are currently airing, including Oval, Sistas And Cruel In BET, Bruh In BET + and Young Dylan Nickelodeon. He is an executive producer, writer and director of BET Payne’s house And Assisted living.
He has created features including film side No one is stupid With Hoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Hadish, Intensity With Taraji P. Henson, and Bu2! A Media Halloween Which starred Perry and became the number one film in America at the time of its release. He also produces Netflix A fall from Grace And TPS’s new release, A Madea Homecoming, which recently premiered on Netflix. Swinton is also a seasoned director who was behind the camera of this national television show House of Pain, Assisted Living, The Pains, Love Your Neighbor, For Good Or Bad And Bruh
Prior to joining TPS, Swinton was a writer on ABC’s animated sitcom. Proud family And UPN’s The second time around. Also a prolific playwright and stage director, Swinton won the 2002 NAACP Theater Award for Best Director and the 2002 NAACP Theater Award for Best Playwright. Includes Swinton’s core work Ephraim song, black olive, sugarbread sweet, keep running, And provocative stage drama Autumn. Its an urban musical I don’t know Seven were nominated for NAACP Theater Awards, four won. Swinton was Stan Lathan’s assistant director on the Tony Award-winning show, Def Poetry Jam, On Broadway.
Before entering the industry, Swinton spent ten years as a theater and film teacher. He founded the Stephen and Carrie Odell Theater Arts Academy in Los Angeles and The Youth Arts Initiative, a post-school program for at-risk youth.