Law Forum : How Byron Allen Gate-Crashed Sundance and Sued Obama’s FCC in the Same Week


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Aug 28, 2015

Remember when he was just a comedian? He’s not joking around anymore

If you only know Byron Allen as a stand-up comic and host of the syndicated series “Comics Unleashed,” you’re due for a primer.

Allen has graduated from cracking jokes to media mogul status. In the last five days, the executive stunned Sundance by offering $20 million for Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.” He lost
the historic bidding war, but helped drive up the price to the record $17.5 million that Fox Searchlight paid for the slave revolt drama.

Undeterred by the loss, he then turned around and dropped a $10 billion lawsuit on the Federal Communications Commission and Charter Communications over the latter’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

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Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios & National Association of African American-Owned Media File Historic Lawsuit Against the FCC & Charter Communications for Racial Discrimination


Another lawsuit filed by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. and The National Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAAOM) announced today...

The specifics, from the press release...

Yesterday, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Allen's Entertainment Studios and the NAAAOM filed a $10 billion lawsuit against Charter Communications for engaging in racial discrimination in contracting against 100% African American-owned media in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. section 1981; and against President Obama's Federal Communications Commission for approving mega-media mergers, such as Comcast/NBCUniversal, that discriminate against African American-owned media.

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Why must he drag Pres. Obama's name through the mud? It's not like Obama micro-manages everything that happens in DC.

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