Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Hires Michael Clark As Vice President Of Digital Advertising Sales For The Grio

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Los Angeles, CA –  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 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 nearly 80 million aggregate subscribers nationwide, proudly announces the appointment of Michael Clark as Vice President of Advertising Sales for the TheGrio (thegrio.com), effective immediately.

Purchased by Byron Allen in June of this year, TheGrio is a digital video-centric news community platform devoted to providing African-Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets.  Clark will operate out of the new headquarters of TheGrio, located within the recently-expanded New York City offices of Entertainment Studios. These new Manhattan offices now also include studio and video production facilities for short-form and long-form video content production. TheGrio generates approximately 3 million unique visitors per month and reaches a highly-engaged social media audience.  In his new position, Clark is now responsible for advertising sales, sponsorships, brand integration, and new business development across all digital platforms of TheGrio.  Clark reports directly to President of Cable Network Advertising Sales for Entertainment Studios Networks, Cindy Kelly.

“We are thrilled to have Michael Clark join our team,” said Cindy Kelly, President of Cable Network Advertising Sales for Entertainment Studios Networks. “Michael is a brilliant and talented salesman who shares ESN’s commitment to the digital, social media, and mobile marketplace. Michael is a tremendous addition to the team, and will enhance the linear networks with multiplatform opportunities. Signing Michael Clark is another huge step in achieving Entertainment Studios’ global vision.”


Clark joins TheGrio after holding National Sales positions with The Root/Univision, Mediaspike, Washington Post Digital, and Interactive One/Radio One.  Clark has managed accounts for numerous national brands including: Prudential, Toyota, Ford, Infiniti, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, BMW, Prudential, AT&T, Marriott, GlaxoSmithKline, HBO, New Balance, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, and the U.S. Army.  Clark got his start in New York as an advertising sales manager for Johnson Publishing/Jet Magazine.

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