Actress Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon are one of several couples featured on the documentary, ‘Black Love.’


Los Angeles, CA — Following its record premiere ratings on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network last summer, UMC – Urban Movie Channel, the first premium subscription streaming service created for fans of African American and urban content, is excited to announce that it has acquired exclusive SVOD rights for the popular docuseries, Black Love. Created by newlywed filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver (‘The Perfect Guy’) and Confluential Films, Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, “What does it take to make a marriage or relationship work?” Featured couples include Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, and Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict.

“We created Black Love to showcase healthy, loving relationships in the Black community and it’s an absolute honor to premiere the SVOD rights on UMC, a platform dedicated to serving first-rate content to a still criminally underserved audience,” said series creators Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver. The premiere episode drew 1.2 million total viewers making it OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut in network history. The first episode will begin streaming at (and on various devices) on Feb. 2, with subsequent episodes added weekly through Feb. 23, after which all four episodes will be available to stream at any time.

In February, UMC will also present the exclusive premiere of a new romantic comedy film called ‘Couples Night.’ When a bored but quirky housewife becomes obsessed with her argumentative neighbors, she starts a couples’ night that sends her mild-mannered husband into a tailspin. Directed by Mark Harris, the film stars Charles Malik Whitfield, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Tony Rock, Denise Boutte, and Clifton Powell with a special guest appearance from Biz Markie. Couples’ Night premieres on Friday, Feb. 9.

“We could not be more excited to bring this groundbreaking series from Codie and Tommy Oliver, Black Love, to UMC for our subscribers to stream,” said Angela Northington, SVP of Content Acquisitions & Programming for the subscription VOD platform. “We’re kicking off February strong with the addition of the series, followed by our exclusive premiere of Couples’ Night, and with much more to come as we continue to roll out our 2018 programming.”

Created by Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is the first subscription streaming service created for African American and urban audiences in North America that features quality urban content and showcases feature films, documentaries, original series, stand-up comedy, and other exclusive content. UMC is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Amazon Channels, Roku, Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick. For more information on subscription rates, visit