In 1993, Byron Allen, comedian, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist, founded his Los Angeles-based global media company, Entertainment Studios. Today, he owns one of the largest cable network portfolios in the industry, which includes The Weather Channel, Comedy.TV, JusticeCentral.TV, MyDestinationTV, Local Now, and The Weather Channel en Español. In 2015, Allen purchased Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a full-service theatrical movie distribution company. As the digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media is a premiere multiplatform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital, and streaming platforms. In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased The Grio, a digital, video-centric news platform devoted to curating engaging entertainment, news, and lifestyle content for African Americans, currently boasting more than 20 million annual visitors. Allen plans to debut The Weather Channel Español, the first 24-hour Spanish language weather service, this year. Explore more at

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