Byron Allen

Title: Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios/ Entertainment Studios Networks

Number of Years in Cable: 10

Education: USC Film School

One Word that Best Describes Me: Passion

 

Janice Arouh

Title: President, Network Distribution and Marketing, Entertainment Studios Networks

Number of Years in Cable:
over 20

Education: B.A. Communications, John Carroll University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Closer

 

WIth Allen’s vision and Arouh’s negotiating chops, this pair works tirelessly to secure distribution for its seven HD cable nets. And in the past year the fruits of their labor included carriage on AT&T/DirecTV — all seven are on AT&T’s U-verse platform — and ESN’s comedy network, Comedy.TV, and court network, JusticeCentral.TV, are both now carried in 20 million DirecTV homes as well. ESN settled its lawsuit with AT&T after it scored the carriage. It has filed a similar lawsuit against Charter for allegedly not launching African-American networks. Meanwhile, Allen is launching a sixth court series, “The Verdict With Judge Hatchet,” plus comedy shows “Funny You Should Ask” and “Trending Funny.” Expect more distribution announcements and TV Everywhere deals from this duo in the future.

 

Byron Allen

My first job: At age 14 (1975), writing jokes as part of a writing staff with Jay Leno and David Letterman for comedian Jimmie J.J. Walker

 “Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Get out of your way

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Dinner date night with my wife

I watch the majority of programming on this device: Television

My favorite newfound hobby: Sleeping

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with my family

 

Janice Arouh

My dream would be for… the refrigerator to be connected to the Internet of Things so it could automatically order and deliver groceries form my favorite markets.

My first job: First female teenager (13) to deliver the Cleveland Press.

Favorite charity event you work with: Lupus LA

If this election year was a reality TV series, it would be called… Candidates Unleashed

My personal theme song is: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: Transition to DOCSIS 3.1

My typical breakfast is: Pomegranite yogurt with flaxseeds and crushed walnuts.

My Starbucks order: Venti non-fat latte

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