BYRON ALLEN HIRES SHAUN WILLIAMS AS FINANCIAL DIRECTOR OF NEW ALLEN MEDIA STUDIOS
Allen Media Studios produces and distributes television shows for broadcast syndication and cable networks for its Allen Media Television division. Allen Media Studios also produces, acquires and distributes cinematic and digital content for its Entertainment Studios Movies and Freestyle digital media divisions, in addition to producing and distributing digital content for its free streaming platforms Local now, The Grio.TV, HBCUGo, and Sports.TV. For over 25 years, Mr. Williams has held various leadership and management positions in the entertainment and media industry, spanning strategic planning, finance, production, distribution and operations. Williams comes to Allen Media Studios directly from his recent role as CFO at Solstice Studios, an independent film production, financing and distribution company founded in October 2018. Before Solstice Studios, Williams was responsible for finance at the Londonglobal independent television, film and digital production / distribution company ALL3Media. Prior to that, Williams was CFO of the film and television production company Studio 8, and he was also Senior Vice President of Finance for Graham King’s film and television production and distribution company GK Films / Cinema District. Other executive roles that Williams has held include Vice President of Business Operations for BET Networks, Original Programming Group and vice president of finance for 20th century fox. Williams received his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and his bachelor’s degree in business administration / accounting from the University of Wisconsin.
“Former financial executive Shaun williams is a very valuable and excellent addition to our Allen Media Group family, âsaid Byron allen, Founder, President and CEO of Allen Media Group. âShaun’s extensive accounting, financial and operational background makes him the ideal executive team leader as we continue to invest significant sums in content production, digital platforms and global distribution.
“I am more than happy to join Byron allen and his exceptional team at Allen Media Group at a pivotal time in our industry, âsaid Shaun williams, CFO of Allen Media Studios. âMr. Allen has amassed an unparalleled collection of assets which makes the Allen Media Group the ideal tool to take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities to come. Allen Media Studios is extremely well positioned for greater market share and greater success. I look forward to accelerating production and distribution output through Allen Media’s expanding portfolio of broadcast television stations, broadcast television networks, cable networks, motion pictures and video platforms. direct-to-consumer streaming. “
About Allen Media Group / Entertainment Studios
President and CEO Byron allen based Allen Media Group / Entertainment Studios in 1993. Based in Los Angeles, she has offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charleston, South Carolina. Allen Media Group owns 27 ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX affiliated television channels in 21 U.S. markets and twelve 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 220 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, ANIMALS.TV, COMEDIE.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV, THEGRIO.TV, THIS TV, LOCAL TV NOW, and PATTERN. Allen Media Group will add its thirteenth network, THE WEATHER CHANNEL IN SPANISH in 2022. Allen Media Group also owns THE GRIO, HBCUGO, and LOCAL NOW, the free–AVOD streaming service powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and content partners, who provide real-time, hyper-local information on weather, traffic, sports and lifestyle. Allen Media Group also produces, distributes and sells advertising for 68 television shows, making it one of the largest independent producers / distributors of first-run syndicated television shows for television stations. Allen Media Group International Television continues to expand its branding and content around the world. He currently has active license agreements and programming in South Africa, The United Arab Emirates, Australia, The Bahamas, Canada and New Zealand. With a library of over 5,000 hours of content across multiple genres, Allen Media Group delivers video content to television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices and digital multimedia platforms. Our mission is to deliver great programming to our viewers, online users and Fortune 500 advertising partners.
Entertainment Studios Movies is a full-service motion picture distribution company specializing in mass market commercial content. ESMP released the highest-grossing independent film of 2017, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which brought in more than $ 44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Western. HOSTILES, the historical mystery thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the rest of 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS DOWN: NO CAGE. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Movies, Freestyle digital media, is a leading multiplatform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, a proven track record and a seasoned sales team, Freestyle digital media is a real hotbed for independent films.
In 2016, Allen Media Group bought The Grio, a highly-rated, digital video-centric community-based news platform dedicated to providing African Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently under-represented in existing national media. The Grio offers aggregated and original video packages, news articles and opinion pieces on topics such as breaking news, politics, health, business and entertainment. Originally launched in 2009, the platform was later purchased by NBC News in 2010. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has over 100 million annual visitors.
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