Levin’s going to ‘Court’ with Martin

Longtime KCBS legal reporter Harvey Levin has been named co-executive producer and on-air legal anchor of Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution’s upcoming hourlong remake of “The People’s Court.”

Former WCBS anchor Carol Martin also has been named anchor for the syndie series, which is executive produced by Stu Billett, with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch presiding over the TV court.

Levin, an attorney and law professor, is ankling KCBS L.A., where he has worked as an investigative and legal re-porter for 10 years. Levin’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials was carried extensively by WCBS New York as well as KCBS.

Commentary on tap

Levin will provide on-air commentary and interpretation about the two or three cases per episode, which will be culled from New York City area small-claims courts. He’ll also work behind the scenes with Billett, as he did as a legal consultant on the original “The People’s Court.”

Martin will provide a live wrap-around to each case, giving details of the disputes. She’ll also help facilitate a new interactive segment of the show, in which viewers voice opinions on the cases via phone, e-mail or fax.

Broadcasting background

Martin worked for nearly 20 years as a correspondent and anchor for the CBS flagship station WCBS New York. After leaving 1994, she hosted a daily talkshow on the cabler America’s Talking, and she most recently has worked for WBIS New York.

“The People’s Court,” starting this fall, will air on at least 119 stations covering 79% of the country, including the majority of NBC O&Os and LIN TV Corp.

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