Mediacom to Carry Entertainment Studios’ Comedy.TV, Pets.TV

Entertainment Studios has reached a carriage deal with Mediacom Communications for two of its high-definition channels, Comedy.Tv and Pets.TV, the company announced Wednesday.

The multi-year distribution deal calls for Medicom – the fifth largest cable operator – to distribute the Byron Allen-owned channels via its linear, on demand and TV Everywhere platforms, said company officials.

“This deal for carriage of our Comedy.TV and Pets.TV branded networks is important to us, and we are thrilled to have reached a long-term agreement with Mediacom,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios in a statement. 

Added Italia Commisso Weinand, Mediacom’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Human Resources: “These networks deliver a unique and entertaining mix of today’s funniest comedians, stand-up comedy performances, sitcoms, and pet lifestyle shows. This type of programming is popular with our customers."

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.