In September of 2016, Ozzie Areu posted the following tweet. He was just so happy to be working alongside his brother, Will Areu.
— Ozzie Areu (@0zzie0zzie) September 30, 2016
Fast Forward to April of 2017, Ozzie and Will are featured in an article on CNN Money about their American dream story. As Biggie once famously stated, “If you don’t know, now you know,” Ozzie and Will are running things over at Tyler Perry Studios. Ozzie Areu is the president of Tyler Perry Studios. He oversees all facets of the studio operation, including films, TV shows and stage productions. Will Areu serves as the Sr. Vice President Of Production at Tyler Perry Studios. In this role he is responsible for all of the day to day production business and operations.
Both started from very humble beginnings as they grew up in a Cuban household in Los Angeles. After their father died and their mother suffered an injury that left her incapacitated, Ozzie had to leave college and a baseball scholarship leaving both brothers in a situation where they had to make some tough choices. They fought there way from the bottom of the Tinseltown totem pole and they continue to ascend.
Ozzie Areu began his career in Hollywood as a security officer for Warner Bros. after his dreams of becoming a Los Angeles police officer were shot down on a technicality. That technicality was a blessing in disguise as it completely aided in the reshaping of Ozzie’s future. He went from working security jobs on shows like “Friends” to becoming an assistant to Hollywood heavyweights like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and eventually Tyler Perry, who in 2006 named him President of Tyler Perry Studios.
Will Areu, on the other hand, started his career in television and film by lighting sets on productions such as “ER”, “Batman and Robin,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” and “Ally McBeal”. He then moved on to work 11 years for a post production company entitled, Modern VideoFilm Inc., Will enhanced his skill set by learning DVD re-mastering, tape operations, editing, audio mix, graphics, visual effects, international, domestic and home episodic television/theatrical distribution, operations, and a host of other behind-the-scenes skills.