The Allen Media Groups Acquisition of Leading Free Streaming Service HBCUGo.TV expands their Platform Footprint to America’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Well… it's official now. It's a done deal and we're absolutely ecstatic! Byron Allen and the Allen Media Group has inked a deal with Symonds-Evans Media, LLC to acquire HBCUGo.TV.
The Acquisition is a win-win as HBCUGo.TV is well positioned to become the Leading Free Streaming Service Featuring America’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Acquiring HBCUGo.TV expands the Allen Media Group’s Streaming Platform Footprint to reach the African American Consumer Audience. Byron Allen sees HBCUGo.TV as a complement to The Grio, the digital media site that AMG acquired in 2016
And, the acquisition also affords HBCUGo.TV an opportunity to bring treasured content to its audiences worldwide, including a first-ever partnership with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference, to broadcast 44 Black college games during the current football season, and the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. These broadcasts featuring all CIAA institutions will be featured on the HBCUGo.TV streaming platform (https://hbcugo.tv/live-streams) throughout the season.
As part of the deal, AMG has also acquired the robust HBCUGo.TV library of more than 5,000 hours of content, featuring the HBCU students and their alumni. The current HBCUGo.TV management team, who has strong relationships with the schools, sports conference commissioners, HBCU presidents, and governing boards will continue to manage the HBCUGo.TV platform.
"“HBCUGo.TV positions us to speak to the heart and soul of Black America 24/7, and helps us stay strongly connected with one of the most valuable, untapped audiences in the world.”"
“We are thrilled to be a part of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group and his vision to make HBCUGo.TV the ultimate destination for all things that are ‘unapologetically’ HBCU,” said HBCUGO.TV Co-Founder and CEO Curtis Symonds. “Our pioneer platform offers the world all aspects of the HBCU culture and positions the millions of brilliant young minds and alumni throughout the HBCU universe to help change the world for the greater good.”
Led by former BET executives, HBCUGo.TV creates a true destination to celebrate and share the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through positive sports, entertainment and educational programming.
The HBCUGo.TV team of media and production professionals has produced award-winning programming for ABC, BET, Bounce, ESPN, NFL, NBC Universal, Fox and TV One to name a few, plus regional and national events for leading sports organizations such as Nike, Reebok, AND 1 Basketball, Coca-Cola, Miller Coors, Black Family Channel, SONY and the Magic Johnson Foundation.
“The HBCU brand represents over 184 years of historic excellence, dating back to 1837, which helped cultivate some of the world’s greatest minds and talent, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee, Alice Walker, Samuel L. Jackson, Earl Graves, Oprah Winfrey, Chadwick Boseman, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Common, Booker T. Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Judge Kevin Ross, Langston Hughes, Katherine Johnson, Kenya Barris, and Vice President Kamala Harris, to name a few,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group. “HBCUGo.TV positions us to speak to the heart and soul of Black America 24/7, and helps us stay strongly connected with one of the most valuable, untapped audiences in the world.”