LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainment Studios, Inc., (www.es.tv) one of the largest independent producers and distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, with over 40 shows on the air, and owner of seven 24-hour HD cable television networks (PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICECENTRAL.TV) reaching over 80 million aggregate subscribers nationwide, proudly announces that its new syndicated strip comedy game show FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is now cleared in 95 percent of U.S. television markets, including New York (WLNY) Los Angeles (both KCAL 9 and KDOC), and Chicago (WCIU) – and nationwide for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK launches its premiere season in September on broadcast television stations throughout the country, as well as on Allen's 24-hour HD cable television network, COMEDY.TV. Entertainment Studios will produce 260 episodes to fulfill its two-season commitment.
A daily half-hour strip, the new comedy game show, FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK now boasts clearances with group-owned television stations including: Sinclair, Weigel, CBS, Scripps, Graham Media, Meredith, Mission, Londen, Sunbeam, Nexstar, Raycom, Titan, NRJ, Ellis Communications, Hubbard, Lilly, Cunningham, Block, OTA, California-Oregon Broadcasters, Independent Communications, Winston, Tougaloo, Shield, Rockfleet, Marquee, Sagamore Hill, News-Press Gazette, McKinnon Broadcasting, Max Media, and Cowles.
Hosted by Jon Kelley (EXTRA, THE MOLE), FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is a comedy game show featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash and big laughs. In each episode, the laughs and the stakes increase as the contestants ask the comedians questions. Comedians appearing in the premiere week episodes include: Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Natasha Leggero, Bill Bellamy, Harland Williams, Jackee, Gary Owen, Maria Bamford, Dave Coulier, Pauly Shore, and Caroline Rhea.
"FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is the perfect comedy game show for the entire family," said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. "Our station group partners are well-positioned for greater success with FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK."
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is produced and distributed by Entertainment Studios.
About Entertainment Studios
Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh. Entertainment Studios owns seven 24-hour HD cable television networks serving over 80 million subscribers: 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 over 40 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.
In 2015, Entertainment Studios purchased Freestyle Releasing, a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films as first-class theatrical releases. The co-founder and principal of Freestyle Releasing, Mark Borde, is a highly-regarded and experienced motion picture veteran with decades of respected work in the industry. The digital distribution unit of Freestyle, Freestyle Digital Media, supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow. Freestyle Digital Media provides our content audience a positive digital viewing experience on every device everywhere.
In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased TheGrio, a digital video-centric news community platform devoted to providing African-Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets. TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics that include breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment. Originally launched in 2009, the platform was then purchased by NBC News in 2010. In 2014, TheGrio founders purchased their company back from NBC News and has since tripled its traffic rate. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has more than 20 million annual visitors.
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