Media mogul Byron Allen filed a $10 billion dollar discrimination lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV when the companies refused to provide distribution for his channels. That lawsuit, filed in 2014, has now been settled, with DirecTV and U-Verse picking up seven channels from Allen’s Entertainment Studios.
As reported by Variety, DirecTV began carriage of Entertainment Studios’ Comedy.TV and Justice Central.TV early this week. U-verse has added Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, ES.TV, MyDestination.TV, Cars TV and Pets TV; U-verse was already carrying Justice Central.TV.
Spokespeople for all parties involved only commented that, “The matter has been resolved.”
This stands as a major victory for Allen, a comedian turned businessman who is the sole owner of Entertainment Studios.
Allen claimed in his lawsuit that black owned media was being shut out of distribution opportunities.
Allen has filed a similar discrimination lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In discussing that lawsuit, Allen blasted MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton.
As BreakingBrown reported at the time, Allen accused Sharpton of being a pawn of white media and even alleged that Sharpton’s MSNBC show was a payoff in exchange for the activist’s silence on the discriminatory Comcast merger.
“Why is Sharpton on TV every night on MSNBC? Because he endorsed Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal. He signed the memorandum of understanding back in 2010,” said Allen at the time. “He endorsed the merger. Next thing you know we’re watching him on television trying to form a sentence. Every night we have the privilege of watching adult illiteracy.”
Allen accused Sharpton of not understanding how he was being played by the mostly white telecom industry.
“Al Sharpton is nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game,” Allen explained. “He’s not even bright enough to know he’s on the chess board and he’s being used by his white masters at Comcast, specifically [executive vice president] David Cohen and [chairman and CEO] Brian Roberts.”