In designing their future for streaming, Black founders Uzo Ometu and Iyanu Obidele created BlackOakTV for Black people, in partnership with Black creators. BlackOakTV offers one of the few truly black-owned streaming services hosted on its own proprietary platform. Additionally, the SVOD platform features engaging original TV and movie content, sleek design and user interface, and soon to come, community features that will allow users to better interact with content and creators on the platform. form.
During the current streaming wars where every SVOD platform wants to win, many companies are making tough economic decisions to deal with rising overheads. These financial cuts usually come at the expense of diversity initiatives and programming. As many SVOD platforms cut their diversity teams, BlackOakTV continues to bet on black culture by creating a fair platform for indie talent while delivering unique, high-quality, character-driven content to its audiences. 20k and count consumers.
As BlackOakTV seeks to differentiate itself in a crowded SVOD market where competition for content is fierce, the founders are keen to offer content creators the option to retain rights to their intellectual property and opt for equity instead. cash compensation, if they so choose. With this rare approach to content acquisition, BlackOakTV has been able to partner with YouTube sensations like Dormitory, BiggJah and Ayona the artistas well as with more traditional filmmakers and comedians like Shana A. Solomon and Barry Brewer.
When asked why consumers should join the BlackOakTV platform, founder Uzo Ometu said, “There may be a handful of black creators who get the funding and the autonomy to create the black shows. shamelessly that they know their fans want to see. As a result, it’s black. In the long run, we’re creating a home for black creators to get that support, so that black viewers can finally have a destination that gives them the characters and stories they want to watch.
Understanding the history and ups and downs of black content in America, BlackOakTV aims to leverage streaming technology, partnership with black creators, and unprecedented black consumer engagement to ensure this era of black creativity is not just another fad abused by mainstream media, but rather a time when quality black content is here to stay for good.
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BlackOakTV (https://blackoak.tv) is the emerging video streaming service exclusively focused on serving black audiences. We make it easy for Black viewers to find, watch and interact with Black content and creators that best reflect their lives and experiences. Launched in February 2021, BlackOakTV distributed 18 original black shows ranging from dramas and sitcoms to specials and thrillers. You can watch any of our exclusive shows, or the many indie series and movies available on the platform, through our website, mobile apps, Roku, AndroidTV or Amazon Firestick.
About Uzo Ometu, CEO and Founder
Uzo Ometu is an aspiring media and technology mogul, determined to bring more black voices to the fore by leveraging his background in journalism, entertainment and technology. Currently, that’s exactly what he’s doing through his new venture, BlackOakTV, a subscription-based video platform that serves black audiences. Prior to launching his latest venture, he worked at YouTube, where he helped YouTube’s efforts to partner with the wider media industry by acquiring content from media companies large and small. Prior to this role, while still at Google, he was a consultant for digital media agencies and a liaison between certain Google product and sales teams within the Media & Technology Solutions organization. . Prior to YouTube and Google, Uzo gained his technical and marketing skills working at a digital media agency, Morpheus Media, where he led audience development efforts for media brands including ESPN, ABC News and The Economist. He simultaneously operated his own blogging network, which consisted primarily of sports news and feature stories that he was able to produce by leveraging his previous roles as a producer and reporter at CBS, ESPN, and Inc. Magazine.