Court TV bumps up spending

The AOL/Time Warner-Liberty Media service commits to spending US$140 million on programming over the next two years.
March 14, 2001

At a time when AOL/Time Warner appears to be cutting corners (most notably with their withdrawal of its stand from MIPTV) the decision by one of its services – Court TV – to up its spending is a hopeful (albeit curious) turn of events.

Henry Schleiff, chairman and CEO of the crime and justice cablecaster, recently announced a commitment to spend US$140 million on programming over the next couple of years, an increase of $20 million from the previous two-year budget. He also noted that the 2001-2002 development slate includes more than 300 hours of new original programming, including a healthy proportion of non-fiction material.

Some of the non-fiction programs in development for Court TV’s next season are: Final Appeal: The United States Supreme Court (w/t), a one-hour copro with ABC News about the inner working of America’s highest court; Murder or Tragedy? The Pioneer Hotel Fire (w/t) a doc special that revisits individuals involved in the tragic 1970 incident, produced by CBS News; and Secret Service: In the Line of Fire (w/t), a one-off about the strategies, tensions and dangers of working for the undercover organization, produced by New York’s Partisan Pictures.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.