In her first outing as a film producer, Jackson has signed a deal with the studio to select, develop and produce a feature project.

Lionsgate’s evp of business and legal affairs Robert Melnik and director of business and legal affairs Neil Ollivierra negotiated the deal with Tom Hoberman and Don Steele of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, & Richman, Rush & Kaller on behalf of Janet Jackson.

“My experiences of working with the creative group at Lionsgate have been powerful and exciting,” Jackson said. “We’ve made three films together so far, directed by the gifted and prolific Tyler Perry. There is genius at this studio in every department.”

“While developing a relationship with Janet Jackson over the course of three films, we recognised her instincts for storytelling,” president of motion picture production and development Michael Paseornek said. “She is a powerful on-screen presence, with a vast audience, and we believe she will be an equally powerful presence behind the scenes.”