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BET founder launches online Urban Movie Channel

RLJ Entertainment Inc., created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, this week announced the launch of UMC — Urban Movie Channel, a digital entertainment channel available at urbanmoviechannel.com. The site will feature a variety of digital videos including stand-up performances by Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx, documentaries “Dark Girls” and “I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac” and feature films “All Things Fall Apart” and “The Suspect.” Johnson said in a statement: “As founder of BET, I have gained a deep understanding and knowledge about the African-American and urban consumer and the entertainment content that appeals to them. UMC was designed so that the African-American and urban creative community could directly reach consumers in a way that removes many of the restrictions associated with the legacy content development and distribution models.”