(April 06, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – Telepictures Productions has signed a first-look deal with Judge Greg Mathis’ company, Mathis Productions. The deal was announced today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions. Under terms of the deal, Mathis Productions will develop new programming for all dayparts in syndication for Telepictures, which produces “Judge Mathis,” currently in its tenth season. “We have already teamed with Judge Mathis on ‘Judge Jeanine Pirro’ which is entering its second season and look forward to expanding our relationship to diversify our programming even more,” said Estey McLoughlin. “The Judge has a proven track record with the audience and is a prolific idea generator with great programming and producing instincts and we look forward to working with him on creating relevant programming with an inspirational message." "We intend to continue creating entertaining and informative content for Telepictures, while providing opportunity to the vast talent base that exists," said Judge Greg Mathis. Mathis Productions is an innovative company with a primary focus on producing daytime programs, courtroom, reality, relationship, game and talk shows. The production company will seek quality talent and programming for syndication with consumer market awareness already established. Judge Mathis is currently the executive consultant on “Judge Jeanine Pirro," which is entering the syndication marketplace in its second season. About Judge Greg Mathis Judge Greg Mathis has carried out a distinct identity for himself amidst the myriad of reality court TV shows currently on air. Having gone from “jail-to-judge,” his personal success despite seemingly impossible odds gives him a degree of credibility and wisdom to which both litigants and viewers can relate. Mathis has provided hope to millions who watch his television court show “Judge Mathis,” the recipient of a prestigious NAACP Image Award. Mathis was also recently featured in Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail” and is regularly called upon as a legal expert on television. In addition, his bi-weekly Black America Web column brings social and political insight to more than 750,000 readers throughout the country. “Judge Mathis” has revolutionized how viewers understand the court system. Judge Mathis uses his show as a platform to shine light on injustices and inequalities both in the educational and criminal judicial system. Leveraging his celebrity status, Judge Mathis motivates individuals to overcome adversities and hardships. In efforts to reach out to the youth both in and outside of the courtroom, Judge Mathis has assisted thousands of at-risk youth through his non-profit work. Mathis has helped raise $5 million for a variety of equal justice political and youth causes. He has received numerous awards and accolades from city, state and government officials and has been recognized for his efforts by numerous media outlets. Judge Mathis graced the cover of the August 4, 2008 issue of the prestigious JET magazine, a first for the judge. About Telepictures Productions For the 2008–09 season, Telepictures Productions – an industry-leading and Emmy® Award-winning producer of syndicated programming (having garnered 54 Emmys® in 12 years, including Outstanding Talk Show/Talk Show Host for 10 of the last 12 years), is producing eight nationally syndicated strips. Telepictures just launched the critically acclaimed “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” a talk-variety show that is a combination of the best of the classic format, heartfelt human-interest stories, and invaluable takeaway that real women can use in their everyday lives. The slate also includes the sixth season of ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” winner of four consecutive Daytime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Talk Show and four for Outstanding Talk Show Host; the second season of “TMZ,” the half-hour series that brings the TMZ.com brand to television, expanding upon the website’s mission as a 24-hour-per day, seven-day-per week entertainment news destination providing a fresh, unfiltered look at celebrities and their real lives; the fourth season of the Emmy® Award-winning “The Tyra Banks Show,” a one-hour, daily talk show serving as a young woman’s guide to life, hosted by Tyra Banks; the 10th season of the hour-long court series “Judge Mathis”; the 25th season of “The People’s Court”; and the 15th season of the pop culture newsmagazine “Extra.” In addition, this season, Telepictures also launched “Judge Jeanine Pirro,” a one-hour daily court program, which airs at 3 p.m. on The CW Network, featuring Jeanine Pirro, the former Westchester County (N.Y.) District Attorney and county judge, highly respected legal commentator and author, and champion of women’s rights. Telepictures is focused on expanding in the broadband and wireless content landscape, launching MomLogic.com, a new online destination and cross-platform advertising network created as the ultimate lifestyle and parenting community for women with children. Telepictures has also teamed up with Time Inc.’s Essence Communications on a cross-divisional collaboration to launch Essence.com as the premier online destination for African-American women.
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