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Schiffman, Ford to launch Justice Network in January

The true crime-focused multicast channel will launch in the U.S. via Gannett Broadcasting in January, led by Steve Schiffman (pictured) and John Ford, the former presidents of National Geographic Channels and Discovery Channel, respectively.
November 10, 2014

A free-to-air multicast network devoted to programming about true crime and justice will launch in the United States in January.

Justice Network will be led by founder Lonnie Cooper, who previously created Bounce TV, and by Steve Schiffman (pictured), the former president of National Geographic Channels, who will serve as CEO of the new network.

Former Discovery Channel president John Ford will serve as head of programming; former NBCUniversal domestic TV distribution president Barry Wallach will serve as head of distribution; and Wendy Brown will serve as COO.

The channel will focus on a mix of true crime and public service programming, produced in partnership with Crime Stoppers USA, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other law enforcement agencies.

Ninety seconds of every hour will be devoted to PSAs about missing children, safety tips and the “Bad Person of the Week.”

In a statement, Schiffman said: “Recognizing that by 2013, half of the top 50-rated prime shows on television were justice-oriented programming, our management team saw the need to satisfy America’s obsession with justice.

“We are proud to be a part of this unique multicast network’s efforts to make a difference in people’s lives, fight crime and to keep communities safer.”

Gannett Broadcasting will launch Justice Network across one-third of the country in January. Programming will include series such as LA Forensics, Murder by the Book, Locked Up Abroad, Alaska State Troopers and Dominick Dunne’s Power Privilege and Justice.

Watch a teaser for the network below:

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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