Media Entrepreneur Byron Allen to Discuss Unique Path to Success at NAB Show
— Allen will join Gordon Smith for Executive Leadership Series fireside chat —
Washington, D.C. — Media entrepreneur Byron Allen and Gordon Smith, special advisor to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will engage in a candid conversation about their unique careers and roles in the broadcast industry during a fireside chat on the Main Stage of NAB Show on April 27, 2022, at 9:15 a.m. in Las Vegas, Nev.
Allen, the founder, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group / Entertainment Studios, which purchased THE WEATHER CHANNEL in 2018, and Smith, the former president and CEO of NAB, will discuss the steps in their professional careers that helped them achieve success during the NAB Show Executive Leadership Series session. Allen and Smith will also address their respective roles as advocates and leaders in the broadcast industry and the enduring value of local television in an ever-changing marketplace.
After starting his career as a comedian, Allen founded his media company in 1993, which now owns and operates 27 television stations in 21 markets, as well as 12 24-hour HD television networks and several streaming OTT/Mobile APPS including LocalNow. Allen also partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2019 to acquire 21 Regional Sports Networks (RSNs).
Allen’s Entertainment Studios produces and distributes Emmy Award-winning and nominated shows, as well as sells advertising for 67 broadcast and cable television programs. The company is also the first African-American owned multi-platform media studio producing and distributing wide-release motion pictures and content for all platforms and owns TheGrio, a digital, video-centric news platform devoted to providing compelling entertainment, news and lifestyle content for African-Americans.