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 head the product development of the new global direct-to-consumer sports streaming service Sports.TV. He has nearly two decades of experience in sports media, driving revenue […]

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 media planning, media buying, and overall marketing strategies across all of Entertainment Studios’ global media platforms: the theatrical and digital movie distribution divisions (Entertainment Studios […]

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 Angeles. Barnett has held senior leadership positions at ESPN, Ebony, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen People, Honey and Essence. Most recently, she was recruited by ESPN to lead the development and […]

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 headquarters in Los Angeles. Wally comes to Entertainment Studios from Universal Music Group/Capitol Records. She also held human resources positions with Omnicom Media Group, SiriusXM Satellite […]

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 finance for the company’s recently acquired theatrical and digital movie distribution divisions — Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures and Freestyle Digital Media. Hsieh reports directly to Eric Gould, ES’s new […]

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 was purchased by Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen in October 2015. Freestyle Digital Media supplies commercial feature film and television content directly to all global digital platforms, […]

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 legal and news cable television network effective today. Justice Central.TV features Emmy-nominated/award-winning judges and court shows. In the four years since the network’s launch in late […]

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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 Studios 24/7 HD cable networks are Cars.TV, Comedy.TV, ES.TV, JusticeCentral.TV, MyDestination.TV, Pets.TV and Recipe.TV. “We are thrilled to have additional independent operators on board,” said Janice […]

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 Meet My Folks, Who Wants to Marry My Dad, Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, Hollywood Squares). Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring […]

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 throughout the country, as well as on Allen’s 24-hour HD cable television network, COMEDY.TV Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen is a daily half-hour comedy talk show […]

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 immediately. Blaine will work out of the ESN offices in New York City. In his new position, Blaine will be responsible for advertising sales, in […]

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 is responsible for broadcast syndication sales and distribution of all 40 of the Entertainment Studios television programs for independent television stations and television station groups […]

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 has “facilitated racial discrimination in contracting due to its approval of the Charter Communications acquisition of Time Warner Cable.” On March 3, Entertainment Studios and […]

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 will work out of the ESN offices in New York City.   In his new position, Gentile will be responsible for advertising sales, in addition to […]

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 Entertainment Studios since 2003, as VP of advertising sales. In his newly-elevated position, Galatt will be responsible for advertising, sponsorship, and new business development across the […]

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 24/7 HD cable networks includes the following MVPDs:  Adams CATV                                                             Hawaiian Telcom Argent Communications                                            Imon Communications Bailey Cable […]

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 television syndication, and online/digital distribution. Cunningham’s most recent experience includes 13 years as VP-director of research for the Fox Owned & Operated Television Stations at […]

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 24-hour HD cable network Cars.TV. “Automotive advertising is the largest ad category for most broadcast television stations throughout the country, and having AUTOMOTIVE.TV will give […]

‘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 Chicago for fall 2014. The daily half-hour comedy talk show is now cleared in 92% percent of U.S. television households. The series boasts clearances with TV […]

‘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 the increasing success of our four existing television court shows Justice For All with Judge Cristina Perez…; the Emmy-nominated We the People with Gloria Allred; […]

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 is a state-of-the-art production facility, and has been home to programs including Fox Television’s reality show Hell’s Kitchen, HBO’s Entourage and CBS’s Criminal Minds. Entertainment […]

‘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 fall. A daily courtroom series shot in HD, Supreme Justice with Judge Karen now boasts clearances with television station groups including: CBS Television Stations, Weigel […]

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 elect to carry the networks under the NCTC partnership. “The NCTC plays an important role in representing independent cable operators. Our goal and commitment has […]

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 affairs pertaining to all Entertainment Studios broadcast syndication operations, cable networks, content, online strategies, financing, talent and programming license agreements. DeVitre was SVP of business […]

‘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 the U.S. A daily half-hour courtroom series, America’s Court with Judge Ross boasts existing clearances with station groups including: CBS O&Os, Belo, Gannett, Weigel, Tribune, […]

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 starting as low as $1.99 per month.  Subscribers can select the live networks they want to watch on popular devices such TV sets, PCs, Mac […]