Big Shareholder Urges Comcast To Settle

A major shareholder — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer — is pressuring Comcast to back down from its thorny legal battle with comedian-turned-TV producer Byron Allen — something the media mogul says he would welcome.

Byron Allen Spares No One In Bias Suit

The black entrepreneur has gone after civil rights groups and other black leaders to make his case against Comcast. Some fear that protections dating to 1866 are in jeopardy.

Justices Hears Byron Allen v. Comcast Arguments

After hearing arguments Wednesday, Supreme Court justices seemed to agree that an appeals court applied the wrong legal standard in allowing Entertainment Studios owner Byron Allen’s $20 billion race bias suit against Comcast to go forward.

Byron Allen, Comcast To Square Off Today

Byron Allen’s racial discrimination case against Comcast Corp. heads to the Supreme Court today, where justices will consider Comcast’s argument that the case should hinge on two words: “but for.” Allen filed a $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast in February 2015, arguing that the nation’s largest cable operator was discriminating against his company, Entertainment Studios, by refusing to carry its seven lifestyle cable channels. Comcast maintained the decision was made strictly on business grounds because of the lack of audience demand for Allen’s channels.

Comcast Threatened With Being ‘Broken Up’

Less than a week before Comcast and Department of Justice lawyers will face off against Byron Allen in the Supreme Court in the Entertainment Studios boss’ $20 billion discrimination lawsuit against the NBCUniverisal owner, Rep. Bobby Rush now wants the telecommunications giant brought down to size.

Byron Allen On Partnership With Sinclair

Allen is chief executive of television conglomerate Entertainment Studios, which recently partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group, the TV station group owner that has drawn criticism for a perceived conservative bias. Asked whether Sinclair’s political bent concerns him, Allen says, “I don’t let that get in the way. There’s business and there’s politics. And we can put politics aside.”

Allen v. Comcast Could Reshape Bias Suits

While TV mogul Byron Allen alleges racism in refusing to license his niche channels, U.S. businesses worry that a win for him during the new Supreme Court term would increase legal costs and hurt their reputations.

Comcast & Byron Allen’s $20B SCOTUS Battle Heats Up

Days before the new session of the Supreme Court is set to begin, an ever-growing chorus of displeasure with the alliance between Comcast and Donald Trump’s Department of Justice in Byron Allen’s $20 billion battle with the NBCUniversal owner grew even louder and potentially more presidential.

Byron Allen Buying 11 Stations For $290M

Allen Media Broadcasting is purchasing USA Television’s portfolio of 11 network affiliates in nine markets. Bob Prather has agreed to stay on to manage the group.

Justices Tuning In To Cable Civil Rights Suit

Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Nov. 13 in a $20 billion lawsuit that Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen filed against Comcast, with the outcome also affecting a $10 billion racial discrimination case he has filed against Comcast.

Civil Rights Group Threatens Comcast Boycott

Comcast may have a U.S. Supreme Court battle and a boycott backlash brewing in their $20 billion racial discrimination fight with Byron Allen. “We are appalled by your decision to challenge and destroy the federal civil rights statute of 1866 in the U.S. Supreme Court and do so in partnership with the Trump Administration’s Department of Justice,” The Los Angeles Urban League told Comcast boss Brian Roberts and Senior EVP David Cohen on Wednesday in a scorching letter to the media executives.

Sinclair Closes $10.6B Disney RSN Purchase

Byron Allen is an equity and content partner in the RSN holding company that includes exclusive local rights to 42 professional teams consisting of 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams, and 12 National Hockey League  teams.

Byron Allen Rips Comcast, Justice Dept.

Heading towards a $20 billion showdown with Comcast at the U.S. Supreme Court this fall in his long running racial discrimination lawsuit against the media giant, Byron Allen today tore into the Brian Roberts-run company and an 11th hour intervention by the Department of Justice. “This is historic,” the Entertainment Studios boss said of an Aug. 15 brief filed by the feds seeking to tighten the definitions of a Reconstruction Era statute in Comcast’s favor. “Donald Trump’s DOJ and Comcast are working together to destroy a civil rights statute in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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Executive Session | The Ever-Expanding Horizons Of Byron Allen

The broadcast syndication and cable programming veteran has stepped up his game with purchases of The Weather Channel and some network affiliates while joining Sinclair Broadcast Group in buying Disney’s regional sports networks. And he’s looking for even more opportunities, hinting that his next big growth spurt may come after an IPO.

Supreme Court To Hear Cable TV Bias Dispute

On Monday, the justices of the high court announced that they had accepted for review a case claiming discrimination in contracting against Comcast in alleged violation of section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act. The $20 billion lawsuit comes from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Network, an African American owned programmer upset over the way that cable TV distributors refused to make good offers to license his channels.

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Byron Allen Buying Bayou City TVs For $165M

The Entertainment Studios CEO’s Allen Media is getting CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates in Evansville, Ind., and Lafayette, La.

Byron Allen Jumps Into Race For Disney RSNs

Disney’s sale of 21 regional sports networks is heating up yet again — thanks to comedian-turned-media mogul Byron Allen jumping into the already crowded and contentious race. Allen, 58, is joining forces with Sinclair Broadcast Group to bid on the RSNs.

Byron Allen Still ‘Very Acquisitive’ After Transformative Year

Appeals Court: Byron Allen Cases Can Proceed

A federal appeals court cleared the way for Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks to pursue civil rights suits against two of the nation’s biggest cable operators, Charter Communications and Comcast. These lawsuits seek sizable damages  — $20 billion against Comcast and $10 billion against Charter — for alleged violations of the Civil Rights Act.

Byron Allen, Betty White Among Tartikoff Honorees

Byron Allen, Mara Brock Akil, Robert Greenblatt, Rita Moreno, Betty White and Henry Winkler will be feted at an awards gala set to take place during NATPE Miami 2019 on Jan. 23.

Byron Allen Interested In Buying Tribune Media

Byron Allen, the comedian turned media mogul, is in the hunt to buy Tribune Media, the 42-station TV group, which went on the block for a second time earlier this year. Allen, who paid $300 million for the Weather Channel in April, owns Los Angeles-based Entertainment Studios, an independent movie production company, and has been on the prowl to expand his media footprint.

Entertainment Studios Secures $500M In Credit

Owner Byron Allen says this will allow it to “make large-scale acquisitions, which is a major part of our strategy going forward.”

Weather Channel Expands Live Coverage After Sale

Byron Allen Buys Weather Channel For $300M

The purchase of the No. 1 weather news network is the latest acquisition by Allen’s Entertainment Studios. The price is estimated at $300 million.

Can Byron Allen Crash The Oscars?

The entertainer-executive is ambitiously, if a bit improbably, staking out a place in the prestige movie season. For audiences who know Allen from his days as a family-friendly comic and TV host in the 1980s, this Captain of Industry-era of his career might seem a little disorienting. But, to him, it’s been decades in the making.

Entertainment Studios Launches Sports OTT

Entertainment Studios Inc. has unveiled a new, direct-to-consumer global streaming OTT subscription platform, SPORTS.TV. The company projects 50 million subs over the next five years. 

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Byron Allen’s Syndie Target: Prime Access

Funny You Should Ask is a 12-camera combination game-and-entertainment strip shot in front of an audience. It’s being sold as an alternative to the long-running quiz shows and entertainment news magazines that have been longtime staples of prime access.

Charter Fails To Get $10B Suit Dismissed

A federal judge on Monday rejected a bid by Charter Communications to toss out a $10 billion racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media for “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage.”

Allen’s $20B Suit Against Comcast Dismissed

It might not be entirely over, but Comcast can take some relief in the ruling Tuesday to dismiss the $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit from the Byron Allen-founded Entertainment Studios Network and the National Association of African-American Owned Media. This latest amended complaint from the plaintiffs was given the boot by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. — but Allen and NAAAOM have one more chance in the more-than-a year-long suit to make their case.

Byron Allen Walks Back Racism Accusation

Comcast Rips Byron Allen’s FCC Petition

It took a week, but Comcast has response to the FCC about the Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios calling for a probe of the conglomerate’s minority programming efforts. “This is not the first time (or second, or third) that Petitioners have accused a programming distributor of instituting racist practices,” Comcast wrote in opposing Allen’s filing

Byron Allen Sues FCC, Charter For $10B

Less than a month after Byron Allen got AT&T and DirecTV carriage deals after charging them with racial discrimination in a $10 billion lawsuit, he’s got some new targets. On Wednesday, both the FCC and Charter Communications were sued for $10 billion in federal court by Allan’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African American-Owned Media for “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage.”

AT&T Settles Byron Allen Suit, Adds 7 Channels

Byron Allen Acquires Indie Distribution Co.

Freestyle Releasing, the company co-founded by Mark Borde and the late Susan Jackson, has just been bought by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Inc. The deal is significant in that it has an output deal with Netflix and was the distributor behind such faith-based fare as God’s Not Dead and Woodlawn.

Judge Reopens Byron Allen’s $20B Lawsuit

AT&T Sued Over Racist Meme

Allen Hits Comcast With Discrimination Suit

Television entrepreneur Byron Allen has filed a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against cable giants Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable. The lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles federal court, contends that Allen’s Entertainment Studios has been thwarted in his attempts to secure distribution for its small networks with the cable operators.

Byron Allen Runs The ‘Walmart Of Television’

Byron Allen, a longtime comedian and talk show host turned media titan, is among the first independent Hollywood executives to capitalize on television’s changing economy. His strategy: Cheaply and efficiently churn out thousands of hours of content, then license the programming for free to more than 1,300 television stations covering 89% of the country.

Byron Allen To Host Daytime Creative Arts Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that Byron Allen, host of Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and CEO of Entertainment Studios, will be the host of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 17. Allen will be joined by […]