Byron Allen
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United States
2022

Entertainment Studios

Byron
Allen

Founder / Chairman / CEO

Continuing to expand his Allen Media Group empire in 2022, Allen launched the AVOD service Sports.TV and the Spanish-language version of the Weather Channel, debuted the  
syndicated series “We the People With Judge Lauren Lake” in 95% of the country and paid $11 million to acquire Black News Channel out of bankruptcy. He expanded the content and reach of HBCU GO, an ad-supported streaming service acquired in 2021 dedicated to the 107 historically Black colleges and universities in the U.S. — closing a carriage deal with CBS owned-and-operated duopoly stations, making it available in 60% of U.S. television households and establishing partnerships to carry NCAA Division I and II HBCU sporting events. The year came with one major disappointment: Allen lost his bid to buy the Denver Broncos, as the team was purchased by a group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton for $4.65 billion. 

Career

  • Entertainment Studios
  • 47 METERS DOWN
  • CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Inclusion Impact
  • Silicon Valleywood Impact
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CBS to Air ‘Byron Allen Presents theGrio Awards’ Special

CBS to Air ‘Byron Allen Presents theGrio Awards’ Special

CBS will broadcast the inaugural "Byron Allen Presents theGrio Awards," a two-hour event honoring "icons, leaders and legends" including Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah, who also took the stage for a special performance with Fantasia and Yolanda Adams. The star-studded black-tie event — a first for the African American-focused news, lifestyle, sports and entertainment platform theGrio — was co-hosted by Sheryl Underwood and Taye Diggs. Allen Media Group founder, chairman and CEO Byron Allen serves as an executive...

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