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Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Launches 'The Verdict With Judge Hatchett' In 85 Percent Of The Country

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016

Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, with 40 shows on the air, and owner of seven 24-hour HD cable television networks (PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICECENTRAL.TV) reaching nearly 80 million aggregate subscribers nationwide, proudly announces 85 percent national clearance for the launch of its sixth and newest court series THE VERDICT WITH JUDGE HATCHETT.  Over the past seven years, Entertainment Studios has launched six court series, making it the largest owner/producer/distributor of television court shows.

A daily courtroom series shot exclusively in HD, THE VERDICT WITH JUDGE HATCHETT now airs on group-owned television stations including: Tribune, CBS O&O's, Sinclair, Weigel, Sunbeam, Nexstar, Media General, Scripps, Meredith, Hearst, COX, Capitol Broadcasting, Entravision, Raycom, Lockwood, Tegna, Mission, Waterman, Gray, Marshall Broadcasting, Quincy, Bonten, Morgan Murphy, Citadel, Block, Corridor, Koplar, NewsWeb Corporation, Cordillera, Cunningham, Meridian Media, Morris Multimedia, News-Press Gazette, Rein, Stainless, Southern TV, West Virginia Media Holdings, Titan, Winston, Vista West Media, London Broadcasting, Shield, Northwest, Venture, Vision, Marquee, Sagamore Hill, and Vindicator Printing.

Television viewers know Judge Glenda Hatchett from her previous two-time Emmy-nominated nationally-syndicated television show, JUDGE HATCHETT, where Hatchett presided as Judge for eight seasons, and six seasons in repeats for a total of fourteen seasons on the air.  JUDGE HATCHETT won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television.

"THE VERDICT WITH JUDGE HATCHETT is an unprecedented launch because of Judge Glenda Hatchett's strong brand and unique talent," said Andrew Temple, President of Domestic Television Distribution for Entertainment Studios. "Our station group partners are extremely well-positioned for success with Judge Glenda Hatchett -- whose compassion and fight for justice are in high demand."

"I am very excited about THE VERDICT WITH JUDGE HATCHETT and I'm thrilled to be working with Byron Allen," said Judge Glenda Hatchett. "Byron's creative vision and commitment to his high quality television programs and cable networks is unparalleled in this industry, and I am enthusiastic and very proud to be part of another first class television court series."

THE VERDICT WITH JUDGE HATCHETT is produced and distributed by Entertainment Studios.

About Entertainment Studios
Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh.  Entertainment Studios owns seven 24-hour HD cable television networks serving nearly 80 million subscribers: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 40 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web.  Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners.

In 2015, Entertainment Studios purchased Freestyle Releasing, a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films as first-class theatrical releases. The co-founder and principal of Freestyle Releasing, Mark Borde, is a highly-regarded and experienced motion picture veteran with decades of respected work in the industry.  The digital distribution unit of Freestyle, Freestyle Digital Media, supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow. Freestyle Digital Media provides our content audience a positive digital viewing experience on every device everywhere.

In 2016, Entertainment Studios purchased TheGrio, a digital video-centric news community platform devoted to providing African-Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets. TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics that include breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment. Originally launched in 2009, the platform was then purchased by NBC News in 2010. In 2014, TheGrio founders purchased their company back from NBC News and has since tripled its traffic rate. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has more than 20 million annual visitors.

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