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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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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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