Tyler Perry, move out of the way! Byron Allen, the man who never said no to a press junket, is making big strides to become, as he puts it, "the Walmart of television."
Stand-up comedian and producer Allen announced that his Entertainment Studios has leased production space that will be the cornerstone in the development of two new series. The half-hour syndicated shows will be the studio's third and fourth original series, skipping the pilot stage and heading straight for series for a syndication release.
The studio has found success utilizing this formula for its first two scripted series, "The First Family" and "Mr. Box Office," both of which launched on BET Network's Centric channel while also airing on local stations beginning in September of last year.
Allen touts the efficiency of his operation as the key to the success his studio has found so far. "With this model we never ask anyone’s permission to go forward," Allen told The Hollywood Reporter. "We create it. We shoot it. We sell it. That’s never been done before."
The "Comics Unleashed" host stated that, while the studio's first two series catered to African American audiences, the new series will be much broader in scope. "These sitcoms will be broad in nature," Allen explained. "They will have recognizable big name stars who I can’t name yet. Basically, were going after the 'Big Bang,' 'Two And A Half Men' and 'How I Met Your Mother' audience."