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Sony takes court shows to market

Sydication team clears trio in domestic markets

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has cleared its three courtshow strips — newcomer “Judge David Young” as well as established contenders “Judge Maria Lopez” and “Judge Hatchett” — in a vast number of domestic markets. The Sony syndie team unveiled the clearances on the eve of the NATPE sales bazaar in Vegas.

“The fast pace of clearances for ‘Judge David Young’ and the ready renewals of ‘Judge Hatchett’ and ‘Judge Maria Lopez’ confirm a hearty appetite in the market for quality first-run court programming,” said SPT distribution prexy John Weiser. “Each of these programs features a judge with a compelling point of view, a penetrating legal mind and a distinct style that captivates audiences.”

  • “Judge David Young” has been cleared in 82% of the U.S., in 23 out of the top 25 markets for the upcoming season thus far.

  • “Judge Maria Lopez” was the first freshman strip from the 2006 season to announce a second-year renewal. The series is cleared in 92% of the U.S. in 23 out of the top 25 markets for next season.

  • Heading into its eighth season in fall 2007 with clearances covering 97% of the U.S. in 24 out of the top 25 markets, “Judge Hatchett” features a diverse mix of family court, juvenile court and small claims cases.

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