Entertainment Studios Launching 2 Syndies

Two-year deals for The Weather Channel’s weekly Storm of Suspicion and Weather Gone Viral get a firm “go” from station groups including Fox, Scripps, Nexstar, Meredith, Gray and Hearst for 2020 and 2021 debuts.

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.

Joshua Ross New Sports.TV Executive Director

Entertainment Studios has named Joshua Ross executive director of Sports.TV. He is based in Los Angeles and reports to Janice Arouh, Entertainment Studios’ president of distribution and marketing. Ross will […]

ES Hires Amy Gruberg As Partnerships SVP

Entertainment Studios has appointed Amy Gruberg as senior vice president of media partnerships. Gruberg is based at the ES headquarters in Los Angeles. In her new position, Gruberg will implement […]

Entertainment Studios Adds Barnett As Digital EVP

Entertainment Studios Inc., today appointed Amy DuBois Barnett digital EVP and chief content officer of the company’s digital media platform, The Grio. She is based at the ES headquarters in Los […]

Entertainment Studios Adds Two To HR Dept.

Entertainment Studios has appointed Denise Wally EVP, human resources and Jeffrey Mayes as VP, legal affairs and human resources, effective immediately. Both Wally and Mayes are based at the ES […]

Entertainment Studios Hires Hsieh As Finance SVP

Entertainment Studios today appointed Peggy Hsieh senior vice president of finance. Hsieh is based at the ES headquarters in Los Angeles.  In her new position, Hsieh will oversee accounting and […]

Entertainment Studios In Nielsen Deal

The company will have access to audience measurement data for TV programs and commercial content in broadcast syndication and across all seven of the Entertainment Studios’ HD cable television networks.

ESI Adds Eric Gould As Finance EVP

He will oversee investments, M&A and corporate finance for all entertainment studios corporate entities.

‘Funny You Should Ask’ Hits 95% Clearance

The new comedy game show from Entertainment Studios is producing 260 episodes for a two-season commitment beginning in the fall.

Entertainment Studios Adds Brooke Wolfe

Entertainment Studios Inc. has appointed Brooke Wolfe director of distribution for its Freestyle Digital Media unit. Freestyle Digital Media is the digital distribution unit of theatrical motion picture distribution company Freestyle Releasing, which […]

Dish Adds Byron Allen’s Justice Central.TV

Entertainment Studios Inc. has reached an agreement for distribution of its Justice Central.TV cable television network with Dish Network. Justice Central.TV is now available on Dish ch. 240. Court enthusiasts can access the only 24/7 dedicated […]

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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.

Entertainment Studios Nets Adds 35 MVPDs

Entertainment Studios announced carriage expansion of its portfolio of cable networks to more independent distributors nationwide and throughout the Caribbean, now reaching nearly 80 million aggregate subscribers. The seven Entertainment […]

Jon Kelley To Host Game ‘Funny You Should Ask’

Entertainment Studios Inc. has chosen Jon Kelley to host its new syndicated comedy game show Funny You Should Ask. The show will be executive produced by veteran TV writer/producer Scott Satin (NBC’s […]

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.”

‘Comics Unleashed’ Hits 92% Coverage

Entertainment Studios Inc.’s Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen has been renewed on 14 CBS O&Os and nationwide for the 2016-17 season. The comedy series launches its eleventh season on broadcast stations […]

Entertainment Studios Hires David Blaine As AE

Entertainment Studios Inc. has appointed David Blaine as account executive for cable advertising sales for Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN) — the cable television network division of Entertainment Studios — effective […]

Entertainment Studios Adds Hess As Midwest VP

Entertainment Studios has appointed John Hess vice president of Midwest sales, effective immediately. Hess will be based out of the Entertainment Studios offices in Chicago. In his new position, Hess […]

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.

ESI Charges Racism In Charter-TWU Approval

On Wednesday, Entertainment Studios Inc. (ESI) and The National Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAAOM) sent a letter to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) claiming that BPU […]

Entertainment Studios Adds Gentile As Cable AE

Entertainment Studios Inc. today appointed Matt Gentile account executive for cable advertising sales for Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN) — the cable television division of Entertainment Studios — effective immediately. Gentile […]

Entertainment Studios Promotes Darren Galatt

Independent producer and syndicator Entertainment Studios Inc. has named Darren Galatt president of advertising sales for the company’s global syndication division, effective immediately.    Galatt has been an employee of Byron Allen’s […]

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.

Entertainment Studios Adds Distribution Partners

Entertainment Studios Inc. has expanded its portfolio of cable networks to more multi-video programming distributors (MVPD) nationwide, now reaching over 100 U.S. television markets. Recent rollout of the Entertainment Studios […]

Entertainment Studios Names SVP Of Research

Entertainment Studios Inc. today appointed Gene Cunningham senior vice president of research, effective immediately.  Cunningham now presides over the Entertainment Studios research operations for all platforms including cable networks, broadcast […]

Entertainment Studios To Launch New Auto Diginet

Entertainment Studios Inc. will debut a new 24-hour digital subchannel with original HD content, Automotive.TV, in January 2015. Entertainment Studios is also owner of the Emmy Award-winning television series and […]

‘Comics Unleashed’ A Go For Season 10

Entertainment Studios Networks announced today that Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen has been renewed on 14 CBS owned and operated stations, including WCBS New York, KCBS Los Angeles and WBBM […]

‘America’s Court’ Gets Two-Season Renewal

The syndciated half-hour court show from Entertainment Studios is cleared in 85% of the U.S. and is now a go through 2016.

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.

Entertainment Studios To Produce Fifth Court Show

Entertainment Studios Inc. has announced the launch of Justice with Judge Mablean. Mablean Ephriam was the star of Divorce Court, where she presided as judge for seven seasons (1999-2006). “With […]

Entertainment Studios Leasing Production Studio

Entertainment Studios Inc. announced it has signed a lease for a 75,000 square foot television and film production studio in Culver City, Calif. According to the company, “the studio complex […]

‘Supreme Justice’ U.S. Clearances Top 86%

Entertainment Studios Inc. said today that it has cleared its fourth court television series, Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, in 86% of the United States for a syndication launch this […]

Entertainment Studios, NCTC Sign Carriage Deal

Entertainment Studios Inc. signed a new multi-year affiliation agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that includes distribution for the Entertainment Studios cable television networks by NCTC members who […]

ES Hires Mark Devitre As General Counsel

Entertainment Studios Inc., on Monday announced the hiring of industry veteran Mark DeVitre as executive vice president and general counsel. In his new capacity, DeVitre will oversee business and legal […]

‘Judge Ross’ Gets Two-Year Renewal

Entertainment Studios Inc. on Monday renewed America’s Court with Judge Ross, giving a firm “go” for seasons 3 and 4. The syndicated show is now cleared in 95% percent of […]

Byron Allen Casts New Syndie Comedy ‘First Family’

‘Cristina Perez’ Cleared In 85% Of U.S.

Entertainment Studios Inc.’s new dual English- and Spanish-language court series launches this fall on a range of station groups.

ES Launches Global Subscription TV Platform

Entertainment Studios Inc. has launched a global television subscription service platform, SmartTV.com, that will let subscribers watch live television networks and video-on-demand (VOD) on most devices everywhere in the world […]