Otey Blunt named President of RLJ Entertainment's Urban Movie Channel
21, 2017) Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment has announced
the appointment of Traci Otey Blunt as President of Urban Movie Channel
(UMC). UMC is the first premium subscription-based streaming service
created for African American and urban audiences featuring including
feature films, original series, stand-up comedy, documentaries, and
other exclusive titles.
"I am excited to announce Traci's appointment as UMC President. Two
years ago, Traci joined the RLJ Entertainment management team as
Executive Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Corporate Affairs
and was assigned to launch and develop the company's proprietary
streaming service Urban Movie Channel," said Johnson.
"Under Traci's leadership and management, UMC has built a strong
business foundation to grow its subscriber base and distribute
compelling content to its target audience. UMC has attracted talented
producers and writers from the African American creative community and
has acquired films and other content featuring some of the most
prominent Black actors and actresses. I am confident that Traci and her
team will make UMC a successful and valuable digital channel for RLJ
Entertainment," Johnson concluded.
Miguel Penella, RLJ Entertainment CEO stated, "Traci has demonstrated an
expertise of the digital entertainment industry in a short period of
time. Her experience in creating successful campaigns to reach African
American and urban audiences, coupled with her decisive results-oriented
management style are an effective combination which will help UMC
continue to expand. In addition to leading UMC, Traci will continue to
serve as the EVP for Corporate Affairs leading RLJE's corporate
communications and public affairs."
"I am pleased and excited to have the confidence of RLJE management and
the opportunity to lead and grow UMC at this time," said Blunt. "My
immediate strategic goals for UMC are to grow our subscriber base by
creating a destination for the UMC audience to find compelling and
original content created by the most talented African American writers
and producers. UMC will create a business model where the often
under-employed African American creative community will find a place to
showcase their work product and be compensated by subscribers who enjoy
watching UMC entertainment. We also want to further expand UMC's
digital footprint by making UMC available on more platforms and
devices. Finally, I want to come up with an innovative way that digital
content providers can be recognized and rewarded by the industry and
their peers for the outstanding creative content they produce now and in
the future," she concluded.
The UMC team includes Angela Northington, SVP Content Acquisitions &
General Manager; as well as Farah Noel, Manager, UMC Publicity and
Corporate Affairs; and Lauren Spencer, UMC Digital Marketing Manager.
Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder
of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is
the first subscription streaming service created for African American
and urban audiences in North America that features quality urban content
and showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up
comedy, and other exclusive content. UMC offers a free 7-day trial and
thereafter is just $4.99/month or $49.99/year.
Subscribers can access UMC from multiple devices (tablet, phone and
laptop), on Roku, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, and Apple TV to
watch movies from today's most recognizable talent available on demand
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