via press release:


New Agreement Includes Production Deal With CBS Television Distribution For Queen Bee Productions Inc.

LOS ANGELES – March 2, 2015 – Judge Judy Sheindlin, host of the #1 rated show in first-run syndicationJUDGE JUDY, has extended her deal through 2020, it was announced today by Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group.The new deal includes a first-look production deal with Sheindlin’s company Queen Bee Productions Inc., which produces HOT BENCH, the top-rated new show in syndication this season.“We could not be more excited to continue our longtime relationship with Judy,” Nuñez said. “She is a true television icon, who entertains and inspires millions of fans each day on JUDGE JUDY. “We look forward to continuing to provide our station partners with her highly successful show and to working with her to create the next generation of hits.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with my CBS family for five more years, and very excited about this new adventure in production,” Sheindlin said. “I loved the experience of creating and developing HOT BENCHand look forward to replicating its success with more new, compelling and smart TV.”

JUDGE JUDY has been the highest-rated show in first-run syndication for the past five seasons and currently, in its 19th season, is averaging 10.3 million viewers. JUDGE JUDY has been the #1 court show for 969 consecutive weeks.

Sheindlin is also creator of the court program HOT BENCH, which debuted in Fall 2014 and is the #1 freshman show in syndication, averaging 2.3 million viewers.

JUDGE JUDY is a Big Ticket Pictures production and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Big Ticket is a CBS Company. Randy Douthit is executive producer and director.

HOT BENCH is created by Judge Judy Sheindlin and executive produced by Randy Douthit and Maureen FitzPatrick. Patricia DiMango, Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman comprise the three-judge panel. The half-hour strip is produced by Big Ticket Pictures and Queen Bee Productions and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD’s critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Judge Judy; talk leader Dr. Phil; the #1 and #2 rated game shows  Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; the Emmy Award-winning talk showsRachael Ray and The Doctors; the #1 and #2 newsmagazines Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition, along with The Insider; freshman court show Hot Bench; and popular off-network product, including the CSI and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, NCIS, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland andUndercover Boss. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.

Posted by:Steve Baron

VP/Digital for TV station ownership group; Dad to young twins, runner, skier & spend a lot of times in airplanes.

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