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Urban Movie Channel Acquires More Urban Comedy From Starz Digital!

Posted Jun 9, 2015


The subscription video streaming service created by BET founder Bob Johnson has picked up more than 40 hours of content in all

Urban Movie Channel will acquire over 40 hours of Starz Digital content, including productions starring Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Cuba Gooding Jr., the company announced on Tuesday.

The acquisitions include “Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment Standup,” “Phunny Business” featuring Dave Chappelle and Bernie Mac and “Lies and Illusions” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater. UMC is a subscription-based video streaming service exclusive to RLJ Entertainment created by Robert L. Johnson last November.

“We are excited to have acquired an array of titles from Starz Digital that will bolster our UMC content library,” said Angela Northington, RLJ Entertainment’s SVP of Urban Content Acquisitions in a statement. “It is in line with what our Chairman, Bob Johnson, has envisioned for growing the UMC digital channel.”

“I realize that just as cable and satellite were the pathway to get BET all around the country, today digital transmission and over-the-top streaming is the way to hook up the world,” Johnson told TheWrap in April. “The reason you want this is because this is a nation of diverse people and a nation of diverse cultures, and people always want to have access to diversity, particularly the kind of diversity that appeals directly to their viewing interests.”

“Ten million households paying about $40 a month — when you combine the two — to get HBO and Showtime, which in my opinion, is great programming, but they don’t target the African-American urban audience,” Johnson said. “We think at $5 a subscriber, we could pull anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of that 10 million.”

RLJ Entertainment also gave coming-of-age drama “Blackbird,” starring Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington and Julian Walker, its theatrical release in five markets back in April.

Source: The Wrap

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