Byron Allen
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United States
2019

Entertainment Studios

Byron
Allen

Founder / Chairman / CEO

Entertainment Studios founder and owner Allen expanded into local television in 2019, striking a $165 million deal in May and a $290 million deal in October to buy 15 stations. Also in May, he joined forces with Sinclair Broadcast Group as an equity partner in the $10.6 billion acquisition of the Fox RSNs. Allen continues to diversify his holdings under the Entertainment banner, which include the Weather Channel and seven other niche channels. The company’s film arm, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, consistently delivers solid returns for modestly budgeted genre fare (“47 Meters Down” and “Chappa­quiddick”). In June, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Comcast’s appeal of Allen’s 2015 $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Career

  • Entertainment Studios
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Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Sean Combs Slams 'Illusion of Economic Inclusion' at Comcast Amid Byron Allen Fight

Sean Combs Slams 'Illusion of Economic Inclusion' at Comcast Amid Byron Allen Fight

Sean Combs has come out swinging against Comcast in a lengthy statement prompted by the cable giant's legal battle with Entertainment Studios chief Byron Allen.Combs accused Comcast of maintaining "the illusion of economic inclusion" in its handling of a carriage agreement with Combs' Revolt TV channel. Combs was critical of Comcast for failing to distribute the hip-hip music and lifestyle channel broadly across all of its cable systems. The statement came in response to the Supreme Court hearing held Nov....

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