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Urban Movie Channel grabs Starz Digital content

Acquired content includes comedy work by Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle and the late Bernie Mac.
June 4, 2015

The Urban Movie Channel (UMC) has nabbed more than 40 hours of urban-themed content from Starz Digital.

The SVOD, created by Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, has licensed the Starz Digital content under a multi-year agreement for an undisclosed sum and will begin airing the content this summer.

Acquired programming includes five seasons of Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment, the stand-up Starz comedy series; comedians Dave Chappelle and Bernie Mac’s Phunny Business; Lies and Illusions starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire, Men of Honor) and Christian Slater (Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, True Romance); and the History of Jazz: Oxygen for the Ears documentary featuring Esperanza Spalding, Thelonius Monk, Norah Jones, and many others.

Starz Digital is the worldwide digital and on-demand syndication arm of Meridian, Colorado-based Starz, the global and media entertainment company that provides video-on-demand programming, original TV series and animation projects.

Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment photo provided by Starz

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