In America, we live in a free society. We cherish free speech, free thought and the rights of divergent points of view to be seen and heard. We put the innovators and creators in the same rarefied space as revered historical figures. Americans started small, thought boldly and went on to change the entire world. We are drawn to people who break conformity and succeed, not because of their size, power or wealth, but due to the value of their ideas.
The cable business began in 1949 with a simple idea: Deliver broadcast television signals into rural areas the same way customers received electricity – by a wire. Then, about 35 years ago, began the modern cable and satellite era, with many local cable companies and small independent networks. The owners were visionary entrepreneurs who saw a future filled with an untold number of entertainment options available in every home. While their dreams became a reality, most of those visionaries are gone, having been bought out by mega corporations that control most of the television you watch. According to the New York Times,“…in 1983, 50 companies owned 90 percent of the media consumed by Americans. By 2012, just six companies controlled that 90 percent, according to testimony before the House Judiciary Committee examining Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal.” *
*New York Times. "When Media Mergers Limit More Than Competition."
As an independently owned, family-run business, REELZ is like a corner store of television. We listen to our viewers when they talk to us through letters, social media, email, telephone or face to face. REELZ is based in Albuquerque and run by a family living in both Minnesota and New Mexico that has been in the radio and television business since 1923 and is now adding a fourth generation of active ownership.
We are a national television network actually located in middle America; by operating in the Southwest, with family roots in the Midwest, we have a unique perspective among other networks that we compete with. We have a different idea about programming to the American family because we’re owned and operated by…an American family.
A member of the family that owns REELZ lives in Albuquerque and is running the business every day; just like every independent business owner, he’s hands on! Good luck to a regular person trying to walk into a network building in New York or Los Angeles, where most are based, to meet the CEO. But for our family business, it happens all the time here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in the family headquarters in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
A recent University of Connecticut study shows that 80 percent of family-run businesses emphasize family core values in the operation of their companies. As a family business, our values and reputation are reflected in everything REELZ produces and delivers into the homes of other American families.
Here at REELZ, we do not report to a corporate board of directors or Wall Street investors. We are one family, surrounded by many empowered employees, working as a team to bring new ideas to your television screen. We bring our experiences to the creative table in order to develop the very best television for our viewers. We take risks, value new ideas, provide diverse programming and give our viewers different and surprising choices.
We provide TV that the big networks owned by giant corporations have refused to show. As an example, we brought you The Kennedys mini-series when corporate TV networks were afraid to air it. The Kennedys was a unique perspective on one of America’s most fascinating families that would have been silenced had we not had the courage to air it. Americans responded when millions of people watched this groundbreaking mini-series and rewarded REELZ with record ratings. The creative community also responded with many accolades including four Emmy® Awards out of 10 nominations that season. Now we are working on bringing the sequel, The Kennedys — After Camelot, in 2017. We continue to innovate and break new ground in television entertainment. We don’t always have hits, but we take chances and are fearless because of our independence. We answer only to our core values and to you, our valued viewers.
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