A+E Networks has penned a strategic partnership and equity investment with Abrams Media focused on website and live-streaming trial and law network, LawNewz.com and the LawNewz Network.
Under the deal, the two portals will be rebranded as LawAndCrime.com and Law & Crime Network, respectively, working jointly with A+E Networks to develop and produce live trial coverage in addition to original documentary programming.
Dan Abrams (pictured), founder of LawandCrime.com, and A+E Networks first came together on Big Fish Entertainment’s live ride-along series Live PD, which Abrams presents.
“We are thrilled that A+E Networks will be helping us expand our distribution to every OTT platform, upgrade our programming capabilities and create first-to-market native advertising opportunities and events,” said Abrams in a statement. “With the enormous popularity of true crime programming and the interest in legal stories increasing exponentially in the past few years, what better way to follow these stories then to watch the trials live as they actually happen.”
Rachel Stockman will continue to lead Law & Crime as editor-in-chief. The network’s lineup of anchors have previously appeared on national news programs including CNN, HLN, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, and a number of nationally syndicated programs and radio shows.
A+E Networks’ investment and equity purchase applies only to Abrams Media’s legal properties – Law & Crime Network and LawandCrime.com – though the New York-based company’s media assets also include Mediaite and TheMarySue.com.
Launched in March 2017, the Law & Crime Network has given coverage to the OJ Simpson parole hearing in July, the murder trial of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the re-trial of Dalia Dippolito, the Michelle Carter “suicide texting” trial and the murder trial of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing.