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