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, Denver, and Raleigh. He now owns seven 24-hour HD cable television networks and also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 broadcast and cable television programs, making Entertainment Studios the first African American-owned studio producing and distributing wide-release motion pictures and one of the largest independent producers and distributors of television programming. 

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 has plans to release 17 theatrical motion pictures in 2018.  In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased TheGrio, a digital, video-centric news platform devoted to providing African-Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets. 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.