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A&E preps interactive courtroom series “Court Night Live”

A&E will bring the drama of live trials to television when the new series Court Night Live premieres on the network on August 10. Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, the series is ...
August 5, 2022

A&E will bring the drama of live trials to television when the new series Court Night Live premieres on the network on August 10.

Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, the series is hosted by Vinnie Politan (Court TV) and Judge Greg Mathis (Judge Mathis), and features analysis from retired Judge Vonda Evans.

The show will see civil cases from across the U.S. litigated live from pop-up courtrooms in Philadelphia, Tampa and Chicago in front of a gallery of community members. Each broadcast will give viewers the opportunity to have their voices heard by voting on the verdicts in select cases in real time via text message.

Politan, Mathis and Evans will provide context and bring their legal expertise and perspectives to viewers to help them better understand the justice system.

Court Night Live will combine the inherent drama of live civil court proceedings with context and expert legal analysis, elevating the traditional court shows that have been a staple of the television landscape for decades,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E, in a release.

Court Night Live is produced for A&E by Big Fish Entertainment. Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino and John Zito serve as executive producers for Big Fish, while Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb are executive producers for A&E. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.

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