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Press Release

December 4, 2018


Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, is proud to announce that Amy Muhlstock has been hired as Vice President of Portfolio Advertising Sales. Muhlstock will now be responsible for managing the portfolio ad sales group, which represents Entertainment Studios' broadcast syndicated programming, as well as the entire suite of all eight Entertainment Studios Networks, including The Weather Channel, as well as the streaming service Local Now.

“I am thrilled to announce Amy’s hire,” said Barbara Bekkedahl, SVP and Head of Ad Sales for Entertainment Studios Networks and The Weather Channel. “Amy brings years of experience from Scripps Networks, her incredible passion for the ad business, and her unique spark to our organization just as we are unifying our teams to best serve our clients.”

In addition to The Weather Channel, the Entertainment Studios Networks portfolio includes seven 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICECENTRAL.TV, as well as the streaming service Local Now. The Weather Channel is the go-to source for up-to-the-minute information and in-depth analysis before, during, and after severe weather events. The Weather Channel is America’s number one weather and news network and the trusted leader in live weather news and severe weather coverage, producing the most comprehensive live coverage of any media outlet. With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast, and report accurate and reliable weather news, the network’s expertise is unrivaled.

Muhlstock earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Syracuse University and brings more than 25 years of experience in media buying and advertising sales to Entertainment Studios Networks and The Weather Channel.

Prior to this role, Muhlstock was with Scripps Networks, where she served as Sales Manager in New York.


About The Weather Channel

For more than 35 years, The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet and serving as the nation’s only 24-hour source of national storm coverage. For eight years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the “TV News Brand of the Year.” With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather - its expertise is unrivaled. For more information visit www.weathergroup.com

About Entertainment Studios / Allen Media LLC

Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, and Raleigh.  Entertainment Studios owns eight 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, 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 41 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.

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company specializing in wide release commercial content. ESMP released 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which grossed over $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Western HOSTILES and the historic mystery-thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK. Upcoming releases include the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller REPLICAS, the John Krasinski/Emily Blunt-starring animated feature ANIMAL CRACKERS, and Joe Carnahan's Mel Gibson/Naomi Watts starring action-thriller BOSS LEVEL. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films.

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 opinion pieces 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. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has more than 20 million annual visitors.

For more information, visit: www.entertainmentstudios.com, www.freestyledigitalmedia.tv, www.thegrio.com