BYRON ALLEN’S ALLEN MEDIA GROUP ANNOUNCES INITIAL ‘THE GRIO AWARDS’ CELEBRATING ICONS, LEADERS AND LEGENDS

Winners include: Tyler Perry, Norman Lear, Patti LaBelle, Kenan Thompson, Ben CrumpAlena Analeigh McQuarter, Robert F. Smith, Allyson Felix, Don Peebles, Queen Latifah, Dave Chappelleand Jennifer Hudson

LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Allen Media GroupThe African American news, lifestyle, sports and entertainment platform from leGrio (www.thegrio.com) will celebrate icons, leaders and legends at The Grio Awardsa star-studded black-tie event at beverly hilton on Saturday October 222022 with the co-host comedian Sheryl Underwood and Taye Digg. The televised event will be broadcast on Saturday, November 5, 2022 on television channels broadcast throughout the country, the Grio television network and other Allen Media Group television and digital platforms.

Presenting in person, this year’s winners include: Tyler Perry (Grio ICON Award, @tylerperry), Norman Lear (Grio Champion Award, @TheNormanLear), Patti LaBelle (leGrio Music Icon Award, @mspattipatti), Kenan Thompson (leGrio Comedy Icon Award, @kenanthompson), Ben Crump (Grio Justice Icon Award, @AttorneyCrump), Alena Analeigh McQuarter (theGrio Young Icon Award, @thebrownstemgirl), Robert F. Smith (Grio Philanthropy Prize, @RFS_Vista), Allyson Felix (leGrio Sports Icon Award, @allysonfelix), Don Peebles (leGrio Business Icon Award, Queen Latifah (Grio TV Icon Award, @iamqueenlatifah), Dave Chappelle (theGrio Cultural Icon Award, @davechappelle), and Jennifer Hudson (Grio Trailblazer Icon Award, @IAMJHUD). The event will also include special musical performances by Yolande Adams, Tyrese, Fancy and Patti LaBelle. Greg Phillinganes provide musical direction, and Kiss DJ will serve as both DJ and announcer.

“I created the Grio Awards to celebrate and amplify African American excellence and the incredible champions from other communities who truly support us,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “Child, strong and positive African-American icons such as Berry Gordy, Jr., Rosa Parks, Mohamed Aliand Martin Luther King jr. helped me see myself differently and changed the trajectory of my life. Celebrating and amplifying iconic individuals is something we can never do enough of, especially for our children.”

The Grio Awards celebrates excellence in film, music, comedy, television, sports, philanthropy, business, fashion, social justice, environmental justice, education and cultural icons and innovators, whose many contributions are positively impacting America. The Grio Awards honors and amplifies the story makers, change makers and artists who define and influence our world. Allen Media Group and Backhand productions co-produce the Grio Awards. Executive producers include: Byron Allen, People of Carolyn, Jennifer Lucas, Jeff Atlasand Michael Willrich.

About Allen Media Group
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 TELEVISIONand PATTERN. Allen Media Group also owns the streaming platforms HBCU GO, SPORTS.TV, THEGRIO, THE WEATHER CHANNEL STREAMING APP and LOCAL NOW–the free streaming AVOD service powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and its content partners, which provides real-time, hyper-local 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 media. 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

About Backhand Productions
Jeff Atlas based Backhand productions with a contract to produce 14 hours of live TV content for the Democratic National Convention. Of the, Reverse went on to produce a series of diverse and high quality productions for ABC, NBC, FOX, DTT, Nickelodeon, MTV, and more. Notable projects include by Kevin Hart theatrical Blockbuster, Laugh at my painthe launch of LA YouTube spaceand the National Urban LeagueNational Annual Conference and NAACP Picture Award. His virtual event credits include the Gracie Awards, the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions, and the go90s live broadcast of the Out of Land Music Festival in San Francisco. Additionally, he co-created and produced the limited series blood ivory for animal planetwhich focuses on the non-profit group of American veterans (VETPAW) and their first mission to Tanzania to support the fight against elephant poaching. The most recent projects include the Biden Inaugural in 2021, the NBA All-Star Gameand project launches for instagram and Facebook. Reverse is represented by Robyn Lattaker Johnson at A3 Artist Agency and Kerry Smith of Smith Entertainment Legal Group.

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