A salute to Byron Allen, the most underrated entertainment mogul in Hollywood

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Byron Allen has been working both on screen and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry for decades.

Born in 1961 in Detroit, Allen put together his first stand-up routine at the age of 14. By age 18, he was performing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and he really came into his own with “Kickin’ It with Byron Allen,” a show that featured interviews and celebrity updates.

Then, he launched Entertainment Studios, where he continued to be a force for Black entertainment behind the scenes. He also launched six 24-hour HD television networks in 2009.

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As a recently published op-ed by Baltimore Black’s Melony Hill pointed out:

Byron Allen has been the creative force behind some of your favorite shows. He has executive produced “Justice with Judge Mablean”, “Justice for All with Judge Christina Perez” “Comics Unleashed” “Supreme Justice with Judge Karen” “We the People with Gloria Allred” and many other shows.

“Allen’s company, Entertainment studios, sells, produces and distributes content for 32 different television shows. Byron Allen’s Net worth is estimated at $300 million,” Hill continued, lauding Allen’s accomplishments. “Today, I want to take time out to  celebrate media mogul Byron Allen, who has worked so hard to provide quality Black television programming for three decades.”‘