Robert L. Johnson

AMC set to buy $60m-valued RLJ

AMC Networks is set to acquire outstanding shares of RLJ Entertainment not currently owned by the company or Robert L. Johnson, the founder of the streaming service. RLJ is a premium digital channels company, which serves audiences through OTT branded channels Acorn TV in the UK and the Urban Movie Channel (UMC). Currently, AMC owns […]

Urban SVOD service taps Starz titles

SVOD service Urban Movie Channel has bought more than 40 hours of programming from Starz Digital, the on-demand sales division of US cable channel Starz. The shows, which include comedies Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment and Dave Chappelle’s Phunny Business plus socumentaries and scripted series, will launch over the summer. UMC is an African-American and […]

BET founder launches Urban Movie Channel

Robert L. Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment will launch a new African American-skewing digital service, Urban Movie Channel, which will be programmed with drama, docs, comedy and horror programming. The streaming service will sit alongside Acorn TV, the British-skewed online US service that has Agatha Christie and other UK and English-language drama. RLJ will utilise its existing […]