Bold and Sassy "JUDGE KAREN" Brings Daytime Drama to Court

Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:00am EDT

* Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.

New Daily Court Show Featuring Renowned Miami Judge Premieres
                       Monday, September 8, 2008
CULVER CITY, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
There's a new court order with the premiere of Sony Pictures
Television's nationally syndicated court show, JUDGE KAREN, on Monday,
September 8, 2008. JUDGE KAREN will feature a dynamic judge who is new
to daytime television, and it will introduce fresh and innovative
elements never before seen in the court genre.

   Presiding over the new syndicated TV show is Judge Karen
Mills-Francis who is known for her burgundy robe, feisty personality,
bright blonde hair and compassionate heart. A native of Miami,
Florida, Judge Karen is a razor-sharp, no-nonsense jurist who is smart
and tough, yet sensitive to all. Her priority is to keep the courtroom
experience realistic as she uses her intelligence, determination, and
sense of humor to deliver justice every day.

   JUDGE KAREN features several groundbreaking elements that
distinguish it from the competition and that keep the courtroom
experience true to life:

   --  Unlike other court shows JUDGE KAREN allows her litigants to
        cross-examine their witnesses. At times, this questioning can
        turn contentious and the conversations can dramatically affect
        the case outcome.

   --  At the end of each episode is a segment called "Ask Judge
        Karen" in which viewers who have sent videos to the judge get
        their legal questions answered on the air. In this unique
        audience interaction segment, Judge Karen addresses viewers'
        legal queries directly and answers them in accessible layman's

   --  The contemporary decor of the JUDGE KAREN courtroom features
        technological advances as well as vibrant and illuminating
        colors. Judge Karen's bench and each litigant's desk will
        contain a telestrator - a device popular among NFL
        broadcasters, cable news networks and modern courtrooms -
        which allows a user to draw over images, highlighting and
        focusing in on the object or scene in question. This tool will
        allow Judge Karen to clearly refer to the physical evidence
        and make for more lively and incisive testimony.

   "I'm like the mother everyone should have had," says Judge Karen.
"My show is representative of a real courtroom, and the people who
come before me are held responsible for their actions."

   "Judge Karen cares about the integrity of her courtroom first and
foremost," says Rich Goldman, executive producer, Sony Pictures
Television. "She believes in authenticity, and audiences respond to
that just as much as they enjoy her humor and her home-spun wisdom."

   Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Judge Karen was elected twice
as Miami-Dade County Judge, only the second African American woman
ever to serve in that position. She is a respected advocate for
disadvantaged youth and victims of domestic violence, advocating that
lawyers act as guardians for children in families where domestic
violence occurs. She has volunteered as a foster parent herself,
repeatedly opening her home to those in need. She is a graduate of
Bowdoin College, and the law school of the University of Florida,

   JUDGE KAREN is cleared in 92% of the U.S., including 48 of the top
50 markets for the 2008-2009 season. The show is produced in New York.
For audience tickets, or to have a case considered for JUDGE KAREN,

   JUDGE KAREN is a Sony Pictures Television production. Sony
Pictures Television also produces the Emmy Award(R) nominated JUDGE
DAVID YOUNG which premieres its second season on September 8, 2008.

Sony Pictures Television
Cynthia Lieberman
(310) 244-3792
Jennifer Kahn
(646) 230-5764
Beck Media and Marketing
Steve Spignese
(310) 689-7363

Copyright Business Wire 2008
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.