Byron Allen is one of the greatest American comedians, television producers and businessmen of our time. Byron is the founder, owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of the U.S. television production company Entertainment Studios. Allen’s interest in show business began during his childhood, when he accompanied his mother to NBC studios where she worked as a publicist. Free to roam the sound stages, Allen would sneak onto The Tonight Show set, sit behind Johnny Carson’s desk and play talk show host.
At age 14, Allen put together his first stand-up routine and began appearing on amateur night at comedy clubs throughout the Los Angeles area.
Comedian Jimmie Walker was so impressed with Byron that he invited the 14-year-old to join his writing team alongside Jay Leno and David Letterman. At age 18, Allen made his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
His show “Jammin” was picked up as “Kickin’ It with Byron Allen” in 1992, and by the end of its run had made the list of longest-running United States television series. Allen’s foray into television production began in Los Angeles in 1993 when he founded Entertainment Studios with the launch of his first series; Entertainers with Byron Allen—a weekly, one-hour series profiling the current stars of film and television. Entertainment Studios produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 32 television series. This makes it the largest independent producer/distributor of first-run syndicated programming for broadcast television globally.
Among the company’s top programs are: Emmy-winning Cars.TV, Emmy-nominated America’s Court with Judge Ross and We the People With Gloria Allred, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.TV. Programs also include Beautiful Homes & Great Estates, Pets.TV, Recipe.TV, Career Day and The Young Icons. Byron’s company also produces scripted programming. This includes the production of weekly primetime sitcoms, “The First Family,” and “Mr. Box Office.”
In 2009, Allen launched six 24-hour HD television networks simultaneously: Pets.TV, Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, Cars.TV, ES.TV, and MyDestination.tv