LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Federal Judge Terry Hatter issued a short ruling dismissing the $20B racial discrimination in contracting lawsuit filed by the National Association of African American Owned Media ("NAAAOM") and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. Judge Hatter's ruling did not provide any detail as to why the case was dismissed except to say that the Plaintiffs had failed to allege a claim for relief.
"Knowing that our lawsuit helped the FCC and the DOJ deny Comcast's bid to buy Time Warner Cable is already a big win for us," said Byron Allen, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. "We are going to immediately appeal this decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who I believe will deliver us a favorable decision."
"We will continue to vigorously pursue Comcast and Time Warner Cable, who spend approximately $25 billion annually licensing cable networks with less than $3 million going to 100% African American owned media," said Mark DeVitre, President of NAAAOM. "We will not stop until the discrimination stops and we achieve true economic inclusion."
About Entertainment Studios
Entertainment Studios, Inc. owns seven 24-hour HD cable networks: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 38 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web. Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners. Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded the company in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh. For more information, visit: www.es.tv
NAAAOM's mission is to eliminate racial discrimination and secure the economic inclusion of truly 100% African American owned media through fair contracting and equal treatment practices.
SOURCE National Association of African American Owned Media