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Katz Networks Hires TNT/TBS Vets David Hudson & Sophia Karteris Kelley For Original Programming Slots

  • Deadline
David Hudson has been named Executive Vice President of Original Programming for Katz Networks, and will oversee the development and production of all original programming, including scripted and unscripted series, movies and specials, for Bounce, Brown Sugar, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Grit and Laff.

In his new role, Hudson has hired longtime Turner Broadcasting System exec Sophia Karteris Kelley as Katz’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming.

“David is an extraordinarily talented and creative programming executive,” said Jonathan Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer for Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Company. “As we continue to ramp up original content creation for all our networks and services, I’m thrilled to have him join our team and use his experience and skills to create a broad array of engaging and compelling content for consumers.”

Hudson is based in Atlanta and will report to Jonathan Katz. Among
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Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial Coverage Headlines Court TV Rebirth Strategy – TCA

Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial Coverage Headlines Court TV Rebirth Strategy – TCA
Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York, which is slated for September, will headline gavel-to-gavel courtroom coverage on the reborn Court TV.

The network, reactivating a TV brand that revolutionized trial coverage as much as ESPN did sports or CNN did news, relaunched in May as a multicast network operated by E.W. Scripps-owned Katz Broadcasting. During a panel session Saturday at TCA summer press tour, executives were challenged about their claims that Court TV will be “the only network” covering the Weinstein trial gavel-to-gavel.

They conceded that they cannot legally broadcast live from inside the courtroom at New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, which will be the site of a full-on media circus. But Court TV’s unique DNA, they maintained, will create a unique experience for viewers amid the scrum.

VP and managing editor John Alleva said the network will have “reporters and correspondents who rotate in and out of the courtroom,
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Court TV to Dive Into Original Programming With 37-Part Oj Simpson Murder Trial Docuseries

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Court TV to Dive Into Original Programming With 37-Part Oj Simpson Murder Trial Docuseries
Court TV, which came back on the air in May, has set a 37-part docuseries looking back on the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. It will be Court TV’s first foray into the original programming space.

The series, titled “OJ25,” will look back at the “Trial of the Century,” with each episode focusing on every week of the 37-week trial. Court TV has every minute of the trial in its library.

“OJ25,” which will premiere in January 2020, will present, explore and contextualize the main events of the trial coinciding with the same week 25 years earlier. Exclusive new interviews with the key players in the case will take people behind-the-scenes of the trial, providing fresh perspective and insight on legal strategies and maneuverings, missteps, lost opportunities and more, according to Court TV.

Legal analyst Roger Cossack, who has appeared frequently on ESPN and truTV, will host the series.

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Court TV: Katz Networks Expands Distribution Pacts Ahead Of May 8 Launch

Exclusive: Katz Networks, a unit of the E.W. Scripps Co., has expanded the reach of the upcoming May 8 launch of the new Court TV with additional distribution pacts across multiple platforms.

Court TV has added more than a dozen mid-sized cable providers, including Gci Cable; Massillon Cable TV; Buckeye Cable; Skitter TV; Cde Lightband and Hotwire Communications, with more Mso agreements expected shortly. These are in addition to local cable distribution the network has through its broadcast station affiliates.

Court TV also has added 48 markets with new over-the-air agreements. Meredith Broadcasting will carry the network in Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee. Tegna will launch Court TV in Minneapolis; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky and Spokane, Washington. Nexstar Media Group, Inc. will add the network in nine markets, including San Francisco; Salt Lake City; Birmingham, Alabama and Buffalo, New York. Fourteen Quincy Media markets primarily across the north and
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Court TV Brand to Resurface as New Channel From Scripps Co.

  • Variety
Court TV is back in session. The cable TV channel that once carried gavel-to-gavel live coverage of high-profile trials will be revived by a new owner, nearly a dozen years after it was shuttered by Turner Broadcasting.

Katz Networks, a division of E.W. Scripps Co., plans to revive Court TV as a new channel designed to be distributed via local TV stations as a multicast offering as well as by MVPDs and streaming platforms starting in May. Katz has acquired the Court TV moniker and some 100,000 hours of vintage Court TV programming from Turner, now owned by At&T.

Vinnie Politan will return as a chief anchor of the channel, which promises 24/7 coverage of trials and legal issues. Also returning is producer John Alleva, a 15-year Court TV veteran who will oversee coverage with CNN alum Scott Tufts out of a newsroom under construction in Atlanta.

“Court TV was a
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Court TV to Return Next Year After a Decade Off the Air

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Court TV to Return Next Year After a Decade Off the Air
Court TV is set to return to television via Katz Networks, which is part of The E.W. Scripps Company, in May 2019. The new 24/7 version will be available for cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top carriage.

The original Court TV signed off in 2008. Before then, it ran for more than 20 years and gained mainstream attention for providing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, and Casey Anthony murder trials.

“Court TV was a Top-20 cable network and at the height of its popularity when the network was taken off the air in 2008,” said Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks. “Today, while consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming is at an all-time high, there is no dedicated daily court coverage on television. We expect the new Court TV to fill that void on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top.”

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Court TV Will Get 2019 Reboot Via E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks

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Court TV Will Get 2019 Reboot Via E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks
Court TV, the iconic TV brand known for broadcasting the trials of O.J. Simpson, the Menendez Brothers and Casey Anthony, will relaunch under its old name with a new backer.

Katz Networks, a unit of the E.W. Scripps Co. which operates multicast networks like Bounce, Escape and Grit, will relaunch Court TV in May 2019. Just as it did when it was owned by Turner Broadcasting, the network will be devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, legal reporting and expert analysis of trials across the country. Court TV’s 17-year run ended in 2008, when Turner rebranded it as truTV.

In order to pull off the reboot, Katz acquired Court TV’s intellectual property, including the trademark, website and 100,000-hour library from Turner. It also brought in original Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan as lead anchor and installed former Court TV and CNN producers John Alleva and Scott Tufts as vice presidents and managing editors.
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Katz Networks’ Cheryle Harrison Named General Manager Of Bounce

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Katz Networks’ Cheryle Harrison Named General Manager Of Bounce
Cheryle Harrison, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales & Digital Operations for Katz Networks, is adding the newly created role of General Manager of Bounce to her responsibilities.

“As part of the initial core team that built and launched Bounce, Cheryle has been instrumental in the network’s development, growth and success since its inception. She is a strategic and skilled television executive and the perfect person to help insure that Bounce continues to grow and meet the needs of our consumers, advertisers and affiliates,” said Jonathan Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Katz Networks.

In addition to her Gm role, Harrison will continue to direct day-to-day business operations of the Ad Sales and Digital Operations teams for all four Katz Networks which, in addition to Bounce, includes Escape, Grit and Laff. She manages the on-going development and expansion of the strong digital footprints of the Katz networks, including network websites
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Rushlake Media, Juno Films partner on 'A Campaign Of Their Own'

  • ScreenDaily
Rushlake Media, Juno Films partner on 'A Campaign Of Their Own'
Exclusive: Bernie Sanders documentary to screen in Locarno on Tuesday.

Philipp Hoffmann’s Rushlake Media and Elizabeth Sheldon’s Juno Films have partnered on their first co-acquisition, taking A Campaign Of Their Own ahead of a screening in Locarno this week.

Rushlake Media has come on board to handle world sales, while Juno will distribute in North America and Australia.

Lionel Rupp directed A Campaign Of Their Own, which examines the 2016 Us presidential campaign and the aftermath through the eyes of activist Jonathan Katz.

Michael David Mitchell produced and co-wrote the film, which follows Katz as he rallies behind the primary campaign of Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders and questions the nomination process once Sanders concedes the nomination to Hillary Clinton.

A Campaign Of Their Own is a Zooscope Production with the support of Cinéforom and Loterie Romande and the support of Swiss Films.

The documentary screens on Tuesday in Locarno’s Panorama Suisse section for Swiss films that
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Marc Maron Recalls Getting Animated With Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

Marc Maron Recalls Getting Animated With Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Way before The Sopranos‘ Dr. Melfi and Web Therapy‘s Fiona Wallace, the go-to TV therapist was Dr. Katz.

And in his half-hour Comedy Central series, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, the good doctor — voiced by comedian Jonathan Katz — served as a sounding board for several of the biggest names in stand-up. In animated form, funnymen and -women like Ray Romano, Louis C.K., Joan Rivers, Bob Odenkirk and their ilk would visit Katz’s office and do bits as they sought his professional help. Eventually, the guest cast included actors like The X-FilesDavid Duchovny, Stranger ThingsWinona Ryder, Law & Order:
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Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist is back, baby!

  • JoBlo
Oh my God, this is exciting news! Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist is coming back! Hell yeah! If you don't remember the show, it was a cartoon (utilizing SquiggleVision) that ran on Comedy Central from 1995-2005 that followed a balding, monotone doctor (the eponymous Dr. Katz, voiced by stand-up comedian Jonathan Katz) who talked to other comedians and celebrities about their problems. While it was always... Read More...
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‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’: The Cult Animation Returns in New Audio Series

Amazon’s Audible is launching an audio series based on the cult animation “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” created in 1995 by software developer and former teacher Tom Snyder and stand-up comic Jonathan Katz. The new 15-episode audio series is titled “Dr. Katz: The Audio Files.”

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Dr. Katz is a divorced father who has custody of his 23-year-old slacker son Ben, who is too lazy to find a real job. The new new audio series takes places almost 20 years after the original show and Ben is now a 40-year-old man still living with his dad.

Similar to the original show, some of the biggest names in comedy will guest-star in the new audio series. Sarah Silverman, Ted Danson, Ray Romano, Margaret Cho, Weird Al, Maria Bamford, Pete Holmes, Dana Gould, Emo Philips, Ron Funches, Andy Kindler, and more will
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Hank Green Establishing ‘Internet Creators Guild’ Nonprofit To Champion The Creator Community

The YouTube star Hank Green, who established the popular vlogbrothers channel with his brother, John, in 2007, as well as VidCon -- the world’s largest online video convention -- in 2010, will launch this month a nonprofit organization called the Internet Creators Guild (Icg) that aims to be a resource and support system for digital influencers.

Icg will provide creators with business and contracts advice, and also interact with the press as well as video platforms on behalf of creators, according to Fast Company, which was first to report the news. The organization will be funded by a grant from VidCon, as well as membership dues, which are $60 per year. Its first order of business will be creating a website that will comprise basic information, including how to deal with copyright strikes, when to ban commenters, how to use copyrighted music, and how to best work with brands and MCNs.

Laura Chernikoff, who has worked with the Green brothers for years and currently serves as the guest manager at VidCon, will leave the company after next week’s gathering to serve full-time as the executive director of Icg. While Green won’t work directly with Icg day-to-day, he will serve on a separate advisory board. Helming the organization alongside Chernikoff will be a board of directors comprising six bold-faced YouTube stars, including: filmmaker Anna Akana, gaming creators Satchell Drakes and Aureylian, vloggers Ashley Mardell and Olan Rogers, and beauty guru Wendy Ayche. Actor and entertainment lawyer Jonathan Katz will serve on the board as well.

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Tom Hanks' 'Bachelor Party' is the latest movie-to-tv remake

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Tom Hanks' 'Bachelor Party' is the latest movie-to-tv remake
Tom Hanks' “Bachelor Party” is the latest movie-to-tv remake ABC has ordered a “comedy anthology series” based on the raunchy 1984 film, co-created by Regis Philbin’s daughter, J.J. Philbin. The “Bachelor Party” series will focus on three couples: "one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love.” Toys ‘R Us yanks “Breaking Bad” action figures following a Florida mom’s complaints "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical,” Toys ‘R Us said in a statement, following pressure from a Florida mom who gathered 8,000 signatures. Tina Fey recalls casting Jan Hooks on “30 Rock,” says: “Jan should have had a bigger career ... as big as Rob Schneider's f*cking career" “We needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirtbag mother, and I thought, My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?” Fey recalled on Monday night, adding
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Jonathan Katz on the legacy of 'Dr. Katz' and his new album 'Dr. Katz Live'

In between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and South Park, Comedy Central's biggest breakout was a cheaply made animated show called Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Co-created by comedian Jonathan Katz and animator/producer Tom Snyder, it starred Katz as the titular shrink and his relationships with his receptionist (Laura Silverman) and his son (H. Jon Benjamin, now of Archer and Bob's Burgers fame). The show was fleshed out by comedians like Ray Romano, Dom Irrera, Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Denis Leary, Jon Stewart, and Janeane Garofalo. The show last aired in 2002, but a few years back, Katz dusted off his
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'Bob's Burgers' season four: Loren Bouchard talks plots, guests, surprises

'Bob's Burgers' season four: Loren Bouchard talks plots, guests, surprises
Bob’s Burgers has already been renewed for a fifth season – which is exciting! But we’re still pumped about this season, which premieres Sunday.

To whet our appetites, we talked to showrunner Loren Bouchard and star H. Jon Benjamin about what plots, guests, and holiday-themed high jinks we can expect from the Fox comedy’s fourth year.

Let’s start with the premiere: ”The family goes camping,” says Bouchard. “But it ends poorly for them.” Adds Benjamin, “Diarrhea is involved. But it’s in a river and disperses quickly. And there wasn’t a reservoir as far as I know,
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Bounce TV Acquires Broadcast Network Rights To 'The American Bible Challenge' & 'Catch 21'

Bounce TV, the nation's only broadcast television network for African Americans, has acquired broadcast television rights to The American Bible Challenge and Catch 21 game shows in a new agreement with Gsn, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Office Jonathan Katz.  Both shows will debut later this summer. The American Bible Challenge is the highest-rated original series in Gsn history. The one-hour game show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, brings together contestant teams who compete based on their knowledge of the Bible as they strive to win prize money for the charity of their choice.  Kirk Franklin serves as musical...
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Former Fox, TNT, TBS Programming Exec Named Bounce TV's Evp, Programming & Production

Atlanta, Aug. 21, 2012 -- In a major personnel addition, Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the fastest growing African American network in television, has named veteran television programmer Billy Hall to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Programming & Production. In this role, Hall will oversee all scheduling, program planning, acquisitions, operations and original production for the network. Hall reports to Jonathan Katz, Bounce TV's Chief Operating Officer. "Billy is a tremendous creative talent with a proven and successful track record as one of the top programmers in our business. Bounce TV's meteoric growth is driven by the team of smart...
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Bounce TV Renews 'Uptown Comic,' Rodney Perry To Host Season 2 Of Original Comedy Series

I guess Joe Torry's out as host... Atlanta, Aug. 16, 2012 -- Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the fastest growing African American network in television, will premiere the second season of its original comedy series Uptown Comic this fall with actor and comedian Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Mo'Nique Show) as host, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz. Uptown Comic is a half-hour series featuring stand-up performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming comics in the country. The show's second season will begin production in Atlanta this month. "Uptown Comic was an instant hit with Bounce TV...
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Bounce TV Announces Movie Licensing Agreements w/ Walt Disney, Miramax, Sony, MGM

Atlanta, July 24, 2012 -- Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, has acquired the television rights to four packages of African American-skewing motion pictures in individual, multi-year licensing agreements with The Walt Disney Studios, Miramax, Sony Pictures Television and MGM Domestic Television Distribution, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz. Among the titles Bounce TV acquires from The Walt Disney Studios: The multiple Academy Award®-nominated What's Love Got to Do with It starring Angela Bassett as Tina Turner; The Preacher's Wife starring...
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