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Reaches Agreement To Purchase 11 TV stations From USA Television For $290 Million , Byron Allen

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2019/PRNewswire/ – Entertainment Studios, one of the biggest autonomous makers and merchants of film and TV, with 64 shows reporting in real time, and proprietor of nine 24-hour HD TV stations presently serving almost 160 million supporters – including The Weather Channel telecom company and its gushing assistance Local Now – gladly declares it has agreed to procure 11 communicated TV slots from USA Television Holdings LLC and USA Television MidAmerica Holdings LLC (by and large, USA TV) for $290 million.

The USA TV portfolio securing pursues various late transformative exchanges executed by Byron Allen. In August 2019, Mr. Allen collaborated with Sinclair Broadcast Group to obtain 21 Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) from Walt Disney/FOX Corporation for $10.6 billion. In July 2019, Byron Allen obtained Bayou City Broadcasting, which included 4 TV slots in Evansville, IN (WEVV/CBS and WEEV/FOX) and Lafayette, LA (KLAF/NBC and KADN/FOX) for $165 million. In March 2018, Mr. Allen procured The Weather Channel, one of the most believed news organizes that has served Americans for about four decades. In the wake of putting $455 million in communicate TV slot acquisitions in the course of recent months, the expansion of the USA TV portfolio develops the Allen Media Broadcasting gathering to 15 TV channels crosswise over 11 U.S. advertises, and permits Allen Media Group to contact a significantly more extensive crowd, while deliberately situating the organization crosswise over communicate TV, link systems, and computerized media stages.

“I have known Byron Allen for decades and we are delighted that these stations will now be part of his dynamic company, and that Heartland management will continue to guide them,” said USA Television CEO Robert S. Prather, Jr. “These stations are dedicated to their local communities and this transaction will enable them to become even stronger on both their broadcast and digital platforms.”

“Bob Prather is an excellent broadcaster and he has done a brilliant job of assembling a stellar management team to operate these very strong network affiliate broadcast stations,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios/Allen Media LLC. “This is another milestone for our company, as we have now agreed to purchase our second broadcast network affiliate station group within the past three months, and continue to aggressively look for other opportunities to grow our global media company through strategic acquisitions.”

Allen’s proceeded with venture into communicate TV is the most recent advance the organization has taken in further expanding the worldwide reach of its programming and substance. The Entertainment Studios divisions currently include: communicate telecom company members, spilling administrations, communicate TV syndication, generation and conveyance of 64 TV programs, nine day in and day out HD TV stations, dramatic film creation, securing and worldwide circulation, computerized motion picture obtaining and appropriation, and worldwide news distributing – making Allen Media Group one of the biggest secretly held media organizations on the planet. Byron Allen began the organization from their lounge area table 26 years prior.

RBC Capital Markets went about as sole monetary counselor to Allen Media Group. Latham and Watkins LLP, Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP and Loeb and Loeb LLP went about as lawful guides to Allen Media Group. Moelis and Company, LLC was the selective money related consultant to USA TV and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP furnished legitimate administrations regarding the exchange.

About Entertainment Studios/Allen Media

Administrator and CEO Byron Allen established Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has workplaces in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Raleigh. Diversion Studios possesses 15 U.S. communicate TV slots and nine 24-hour HD broadcasting companies serving about 160 million supporters: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. Excitement Studios additionally claims the LOCAL NOW gushing assistance, controlled by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and substance accomplices, which conveys ongoing, hyper-nearby news, climate, traffic, sports, and way of life data. Diversion Studios likewise delivers, conveys, and sells promoting for 64 TV programs, making it one of the biggest autonomous makers/merchants of first-run syndicated TV programming for communicate TV channels. With a library of more than 5,000 hours of possessed substance over different kinds, Entertainment Studios gives video substance to communicate TV slots, digital telecom companies, cell phones, mixed media stages, and the World Wide Web. Our central goal is to give amazing programming to our watchers, online clients, and Fortune 500 promoting accomplices.

Excitement Studios Motion Pictures is a full-administration, showy movie conveyance organization gaining practical experience in wide discharge business content. ESMP discharged 2017’s most noteworthy earning autonomous motion picture, the shark spine chiller 47 METERS DOWN, which netted over $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP additionally discharged the widely praised and monetarily effective Western HOSTILES, the notable riddle spine chiller CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the continuation of 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED. Forthcoming discharges incorporate the energized highlight ARCTIC DOGS featuring Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, Alec Baldwin, and Anjelica Huston, and ALL RISE (in light of the Walter Dean Myers widely praised novel “Beast”) featuring Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Oscar®-Winner Jennifer Hudson, Golden Globe®-Winner Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle, A$AP Rocky, Nas, Tim Blake Nelson, and Golden Globe®-Nominee John David Washington.

In 2016, Entertainment Studios obtained TheGrio, a computerized video-driven news network stage gave to giving African-Americans convincing stories and points of view presently underrepresented in existing national news outlets. TheGrio highlights accumulated and unique video bundles, news stories and supposition pieces on subjects that incorporate breaking news, governmental issues, wellbeing, business and amusement. Initially propelled in 2009, the stage was then obtained by NBC News in 2010. The advanced stage stays concentrated on curating energizing computerized substance and right now has in excess of 20 million yearly guests.

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