Entertainment Studios Acquires 11 Stations from USA Television

Byron Allen’s company makes $290 million purchase, building off other recent transactions.
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LOS ANGELES—Entertainment Studios, an independent producer and distributor of films and TV owned by Byron Allen, has announced an acquisition of 11 broadcast television stations from USA Television for $290 million.

Byron Allen

Byron Allen

The following stations will now fall under Entertainment Studios’ Allen Media Broadcasting division:

  • WAAY/WAAY-D2 (ABC/ION) - Huntsville, Decatur and Florence, Ala.
  • WFFT (Fox) - Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  • KEZI/KEZI-D2/KEZI-D3 (ABC/ION/METV) - Eugene, Ore.
  • KNVN/KNVN-DT2 (NBC/Telemundo) & KHSL/KHSL-D2/KHSL-D5 (CBS/CW/ION) - Chico and Redding, Calif.
  • WTVA/WTVA-D2 (NBC/ABC) & WLOV (Fox) - Columbus, Tupelo and West Point, Miss.
  • KDRV/KDRV-D2 (ABC/Antenna TV) - Medford and Klamath Falls, Ore.
  • KIMT/KIMT-D2/KIMT-D3 (CBS/MYTV/ION) - Rochester, Minn., Manson City, Iowa, and Austin, Minn.
  • WTHI/WTHI-D2/WTHI-D3 (CBS/Fox/MYTV/CW) - Terre Haute, Ind.
  • WLFI/WLFI-D2/WLFI- D3 (CBS/CW/ION) - Lafayette, Ind.

“These stations are dedicated to their local communities and this transaction will enable them to become even stronger on both their broadcast and digital platforms,” said USA Television CEO Robert S. Prather Jr.

With these new stations and the four acquired this past July from Bayou City Broadcasting for $165 million, Allen Media Broadcasting’s group of television stations is now at 15 across 11 markets. Allen also partnered with the Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire 21 regional sports networks from Walt Disney/Fox for $10.6 billion in August.

Allen says that his company will continue to “aggressively look” for other opportunities for growth.