Byron Allen

Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer

In 1993, comedian, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist Byron Allen founded his global media company, Entertainment Studios, headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Raleigh. He owns one of the largest cable network portfolios in the industry featuring ten, 24-hour HD television networks (WEATHER CHANNEL, COMEDY.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, JUSTICECENTRAL.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, PETS.TV, RECIPE.TV, LOCAL NOW, and WEATHER CHANNEL ESPAÑOL). Also, the company continues to produce Emmy Award winning and nominated shows, distribute, and sell advertising for 42 broadcast and cable television programs. This gives Entertainment Studios one of the largest libraries of family and advertiser-friendly lifestyle content. Further distinguishing Mr. Allen’s company, it is the first African-American owned multi-platform media studio producing and distributing wide-release motion pictures and content for all platforms.

In 2015, Entertainment Studios purchased Freestyle Releasing, now called Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a full-service theatrical distribution company.  Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 Meters Down and is currently in production on its sequel: 47 Meters Down: UNCAGED, in theaters summer 2019.

In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased TheGrio, a digital, video-centric news platform devoted to providing compelling entertainment, news and lifestyle content for African-Americans.  TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics that include breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment and remains focused on curating engaging digital content and currently has more than 20 million annual visitors.

In the spring of 2018, Byron Allen acquired the #1 weather news television network, THE WEATHER CHANNEL based in Atlanta. Additionally in 2018, THE WEATHER CHANNEL was named the 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend TV News Brand for the eight consecutive year.  It also deployed cutting-edge storytelling with its IMMERSIVE MIXED REALITY [IMR] technology which draws viewers into detailed and visually stunning weather and climate events.

In 2019, Byron Allen announced the launch of THE WEATHER CHANNEL ESPAÑOL which is slated for 2020.  Building even stronger connections with consumers nationwide, Entertainment Studios / THE WEATHER CHANNEL will soon also launch LOCAL NOW, an engaging OTT, mobile app and digital streaming network that delivers fresh lifestyle news, weather, traffic and entertainment.  LOCAL NOW is powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL technology which was a defining factor that attracted Allen and his executive team as they acquired the 36 year old, all-American brand.

Entertainment Studios is building and growing.  The forecast for the future is bright and FUNNY.