- Aug 28, 2015
Remember when he was just a comedian? He’s not joking around anymore
If you only know Byron Allen as a stand-up comic and host of the syndicated series “Comics Unleashed,” you’re due for a primer.
Allen has graduated from cracking jokes to media mogul status. In the last five days, the executive stunned Sundance by offering $20 million for Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.” He lost the historic bidding war, but helped drive up the price to the record $17.5 million that Fox Searchlight paid for the slave revolt drama.
Undeterred by the loss, he then turned around and dropped a $10 billion lawsuit on the Federal Communications Commission and Charter Communications over the latter’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.