Byron Allen
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United States
2020

Entertainment Studios

Byron
Allen

Founder / Chairman / CEO

As founder and owner of Entertainment Studios, Allen commands a media empire that includes eight 24-hour cable channels including The Weather Channel, 60 syndicated TV shows, a movie production arm (“Chappaquiddick,” “47 Meters Down”), and 16 television stations in 12 markets, including Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV, purchased for $30 million in August 2020. He also scooped up a pair of diginets from MGM in October. Ever patient and tenacious, Allen fought a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast all the way to the Supreme Court. He’s also famously outspoken, demonstrating a willingness to call out presidents whether their name is Trump or Obama. In June 2020, he bought space in eight major papers (including NY Times and LA Times) to publish a two-page op-ed, titled, “Black America Speaks, America Should Listen.”

Career

  • Entertainment Studios
  • 47 METERS DOWN
  • CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Judge Nixes Charter's Bid to Dismiss Byron Allen Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Judge Nixes Charter's Bid to Dismiss Byron Allen Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

A Los Angeles federal judge has rejected Charter Communications' effort to dismiss a $10 billion racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the cable giant by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios.Judge George Wu of California's Central District issued a ruling Friday denying Charter's motion to dismiss. Allen first filed suit against Charter in 2016, asserting that the cable operator's refusal to carry his collection of channels was, in part, racially motivated.Allen has pursued litigation against major MVPDs since 2015. He has sued on...

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