Veteran financial executive Continue to to lead and implement Allen Media Group’s M&A and corporate finance initiatives

LOS ANGELES, August 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Byron Allen Allen Media Group (AMG) proudly announces the elevation of Christopher Malone as Chief Financial Officer. Malone was first brought to AMG in June as Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development, and will now assume the title of Chief Financial Officer – a role recently held on an interim basis by Bill HiggExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AMGit is weather group division. A sixteen-year veteran executive with the company, Higgs will continue as executive vice president and chief financial officer of AMGit is weather group. In his newly elevated position, Malone will continue to help lead AMG senior management in mergers and acquisitions efforts and other corporate strategic initiatives encompassing capital markets, private equity and credit. Malone will remain based at AMG head office at Los Angeles.

Malone played a vital role in funding notable AMG transactions over the past five years, including AMG the acquisition of The weather channel in 2018, and the approximate amount $1 billion investment by AMG acquire 27 ABC, NBC, SCSand FOX broadcast network-affiliated television stations throughout the country. Malone came AMG from his recent position as principal with Stellex Capital Management. Prior to that, Malone was a director at Brightwood Capital and previously held investment analyst, private equity and investment banking roles at RLJ Equity Partners, William Blair, and Swiss credit. Malone earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Hampton University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

“I am very happy to raise Chris Malone within the Allen Media Group family as Chief Financial Officer, where Chris will be invaluable in helping us lead our M&A efforts and other strategic financial initiatives,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “Chris is playing a vital role in helping Allen Media Group continue its growth trajectory and seize the vast number of acquisition opportunities available to us.”

“It’s exciting to see Allen Media Group’s strong growth over the past five years and it’s even more exciting to join such a dynamic time for the company,” said Chris Malone, Financial director. “The industry is experiencing rapid transformation as well as increased consolidation and Allen Media Group is well positioned to capitalize on this shifting paradigm given its strong and differentiated position. I look forward to continuing to work with the Allen team. Media Group to execute short-term – long-term and long-term acquisition goals.”

About Allen Media Group / Entertainment Studios
President and CEO Byron Allen based Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios in 1993. Based in Los Angelesit has offices at New York, Chicago, Atlantaand Charleston, South Carolina. Allen Media Group has 27 ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX affiliate television stations in 21 U.S. markets and twelve 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 220 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, THE WEATHER CHANNEL EN ESPAÑOL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV, THEGRIO, THIS TV, and PATTERN. Allen Media Group also owns the streaming platforms HBCU GO, SPORTS.TV, GRIO STREAMING APP, WEATHER CHANNEL STREAMING APP and LOCAL NOW–the free AVOD streaming service powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and content partners, who provide real-time, hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports and lifestyle information. Allen Media Group also produces, distributes and sells advertising for 68 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for television stations. Allen Media Group International Television continues to expand its branding and content around the world. It currently has active license agreements and programming in South AfricaThe United Arab Emirates, AustraliaThe Bahamian, Canada and New Zealand. With a library of over 5,000 hours of content held across multiple genres, Allen Media Group delivers video content to television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices and digital media. Our mission is to provide great programming to our Fortune 500 viewers, online users and advertising partners.

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures is a full-service motion picture distribution company specializing in wide-release commercial content. ESMP released the highest-grossing independent film of 2017, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWNwhich brought in more than $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released Western to commercial and critical acclaim. HOSTILEShistorical mystery thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the sequel to 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS BELOW: NO CAGE. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, is a leading multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and experienced sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a veritable home for independent films.

In 2016, Allen Media Group bought The Grioa highly rated digital video-centric news community platform dedicated to providing African Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets. The Grio offers aggregated and original video packages, news articles and opinion pieces on topics including breaking news, politics, health, business and entertainment. Initially launched in 2009, the platform was later acquired by BNC News in 2010. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has over 100 million annual visitors.

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