Actor-filmmaker Tyler Perry, whose comedy Madea's Family Reunion was No. 1 at the boxoffice this past weekend with a $30 million debut, has signed a deal with indie production-distribution Debmar-Mercury to distribute his original comedy series House of Payne in first-run syndication.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the half-hour series revolves around the comical situations that ensue when a multigenerational family lives under one roof. Perry chose to partner with Debmar-Mercury rather than go through a studio or network to ensure he retained creative control while he continued to build his brand, which also includes the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman, such plays as I Know I've Been Changed and I Can Do Bad All by Myself and a home video business, said his agent, WMA's Charles King.