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Byron Allen Launching New HD TV Channel For African American Audiences

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 21, 2011 3:15 AM
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Another one? But where's all the content going to come from to fill time slots for all these new black TV channels? A good time for content creators? Read on...

Entertainment Studios, the company owned by Byron Allen, has announced that is will launch a new high-definition channel early next year with programming intended for an African-American audience. Legacy TV, which has not yet made a deal with a TV or satellite provider for carriage, is expected to offer programs on black history and biographies of African-American leaders.
"The mission of Legacy.TV is to celebrate African-American excellence everywhere," said Allen, the former comedian who heads Entertainment Studios. "Our goal and commitment is to make Legacy.TV an engaging and compelling platform which communicates the entire African- American journey. All content will be originally produced in-house to insure the highest level of creative quality, as well as the ability to distribute our content globally on all platforms."

Entertainment Studios currently produces six niche-oriented HD channels including ES.TV, Comedy.TV, Pet.TV, Car.TV, Recipe.TV, and MyDestination.TV. All are presently being carried by Verizon�s FiOS TV service and other outlets.

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  • CareyCarey | June 24, 2011 3:59 AMReply

    Negro please, come on Lynn, you can miss me with the "We shall overcome" trite preaching. If you see something wrong with us Identifying pimps in producer's clothing, I'd say the shame rests in your heart, and you'll fall for anything, as long as it's black. NIggas and flies, they'll go for any ol' bull shit.

    Listen Lynn, yo eyes may shine and your teeth may grin, but you better wake uo or you'll stay on spin. You should get a new trumpet.

    @ books6000, baby baby baby, you sho know what to say, and I love you too :-)

  • Lynn | June 23, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    Fellow Black People, read our history. Most great ideas that would propel us to great places are beaten down by African Americans who are 100% against each other. Harriet Tubman had to carry two pistols when trying to free slaves from the south. Not because she feared being caught by slave holders BUT SHE KNEW SHE WOULD HAVE TO SHOOT "SCARED ENSLAVED BLACKS WHO WANTED TO GO BACK INTO SLAVERY!" Pres. Obama has to depend on white liberals not the Black Caucus for support, Oprah had to depend on white housewives. Remember the crabs in the barrell? You negative people are one of them. That's why we Blacks are on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Instead of beating Byron Allen up, work with him to perfect his idea! By the way, what are you haters doing with your lives????

  • books6000 | June 23, 2011 1:40 AMReply

    Never like B. Allen he has always rub me the wrong way and I like most people.

    Miles -- you hit it dead on and CareyCarey I love you, your comments are delicious you always add the cherry on top.

  • CareyCarey | June 22, 2011 1:06 AMReply

    "Good luck with that in the current Tyler Perry/VH-1 digital blackface universe. Chances are, this will degenerate into marathons of cringe-worthy black reality shows starring stereotypes with a tangential connection to fame, countdown to jail specials, and commercials for ringtones and pornographic chat lines"

    Damn, I wish I could write like that.. Miles said everything I was thinking. And look, over the years I've tried to give Smiley Byron a break, but he has failled my 3 strike rule and the apple does not fall far from the tree.

    1st strike: Edricus said "He don’t even like black women" .... STRIKE ONE!

    2nd strike: I never could trust a brotha with a bald head AND a bald face... STRIKE TWO!

    3rd strike: Has anyone been awaken by that repetitive ass music that accompanies his boring ass intrview show? I can hear him now... " coming up next, Bozo the Clown, Latoya Jackson **irritating music** Tiger Woods, Jimmy Carter... ** 30 seconds of annoying music**. .... THREE STRIKES, HE'S OUT!

    So, as Miles said, this will degenerate into marathons of cringe-worthy black reality shows starring stereotypes with a tangential connection to fame. Why should we expect anything different? He has shown me what's falling from his tree and I wouldn't consider him a good producer. I mean, he is obviously making money, but I am not going to skin and grin while he pimp slaps me in the name of "new programming intended for an African-American audience"

  • Miles Ellison | June 21, 2011 12:06 PMReply

    I have to agree with the question of where content is going to come from. It's all well and good to say that you're starting a black TV channel, and that you're going to have quality programming. Actually doing it is quite another thing. Even if you could get all this positive programming on the air, there's still the matter of getting enough people to watch it so that you make money, which is the ultimate point of the exercise. Good luck with that in the current Tyler Perry/VH-1 digital blackface universe. Chances are, this will degenerate into marathons of cringe-worthy black reality shows starring stereotypes with a tangential connection to fame, countdown to jail specials, and commercials for ringtones and pornographic chat lines.

  • rollercoaster | June 21, 2011 11:04 AMReply

    Until I hear something about how they plan to bring their shows to the internet, I'm not interested. Launching a channel, no matter how large or small, without a comprehensive plan on how they'll incorporate the web into their plans is a recipe for disaster.

  • Edricus | June 21, 2011 7:58 AMReply

    This dude is another Uncle Tom. He don't even like black women. Sit down somewhere Allen!!

  • Cynthia | June 21, 2011 4:44 AMReply

    So happy to hear this! I think Byron is a great producer and he'll make "quality" productions that aren't boring. Looks like the pendulum is starting to swing in a good direction.

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