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'First Family' cast: Byron Allen Pilot Making Noise with Gladys Knight, John Witherspoon, Jackee, Marla Gibbs, and Leads Christopher B. Duncan and Kelita Smith

*As the host of my own daytime show, I can tell you that it is an exciting time to be working in television right now.

While visionaries such as Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey steadily work their plan, writer/producer hyphenates like “The Game’s” Mara Brock Ali, “Love That Girl’s” Bentley Evans and “Scandal’s” Shonda Rhimes are also holding court. New cable outlets with Magic Johnson and P Diddy, and broadcast models like Bounce TV, are further proof that more opportunities for minorities are forthcoming.

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Even mainstays such as BET and TV One are seeking out original programming.  And let’s not forget digital content creators including Awkward Black Girl’s” Issa Raye and LA Web Fest’s Michael Ajakwe, both part of a small but growing cadre of creative people of color redefining what success in Hollywood looks like.

Entertainment Studios, the company founded by comedian turned Hollywood industry mogul Byron Allen, has also been quite busy over the last few years.  Moving from overnight and educational/informational television programming to daytime and primetime syndication is no small fete, particularly for an independent studio. Yet Allen, as the Chairman and CEO of the LA based company, has been overseeing Entertainment Studio’s (ES) phenomenal growth with aplomb as buzz continues to spread over his most recent broadcast offerings.

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Entertainment Studios founder, chairman and CEO Byron Allen