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is headed to streaming. The Judge Judy star’s untitled new court show (aka Judy Justice) has been greenlighted by to stream exclusively on , Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service.
The Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project, distributed by Scott Koondel’s Sox Entertainment, will feature no-nonsense, expeditious Sheindlin’s signature adjudication style with a new array of cases, litigants and judgments.
“Judge Judy Sheindlin is a TV icon and visionary who has entertained millions of fans for decades,” said Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, Co-Heads of Content and Programming for IMDb TV. “As we build the IMDb TV slate of high-quality, ambitious Amazon Studios Originals, we are delighted to deliver customers a court program from the legendary Judge Sheindlin who, without a doubt, is the very best in the business.”
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I hear the show has been picked for more than 100 episodes, believed to be the largest initial order for a streamer. It also is the first court program on a streaming platform as the genre has been a daytime syndication staple for decades. It is unclear yet how the episodes will be released — daily, weekly or in batches — as there is no precedent to draw from.
“I’m over the moon to be in business with Amazon Studios and continuing this incredible journey with them on a new platform is so exciting,” said Sheindlin. “I used to yell at my husband, Jerry, for all the packages he had ordered from Amazon every day. I have enough mouthwash in the cabinets to keep the entire planet’s breath fresh until the next millennium. The doorbell never stops ringing. The dogs don’t even bark at the delivery people anymore. After I signed this deal, I apologized to Jerry. Who would have thought that the Sheindlin’s and Amazon would be mishpachah?”
'We still have an acute staffing shortage,' Ontario's long-term care commission hears
Long-term care homes in Ontario are dealing with severe staffing shortages and may not be ready to deal with the second wave of the pandemic, an independent commission has heard. A dearth of staff was one of the main reasons COVID-19 devastated nursing homes in the spring, the Ontario Long-Term Care Association told an independent commission investigating how the novel virus spread in the long-term care system. "We still have an acute staffing shortage," said Donna Duncan, the CEO of the association that represents 70 per cent of long-term care homes in the province.
Sheindlin’s plans to launch a new court program in fall 2021 were revealed after her March announcement that her hit syndicated court program Judge Judy will be ending its run after the 2020-21 season, the show’s 25th. Sheindlin made the announcement after she reportedly could not make a deal with CBS TV Distribution for more seasons of the daytime juggernaut.
She quickly teamed with former CBS executive Koondel to handle the sale of the new series, which opted to bypass broadcast syndication and focus on streaming.
“For over two decades our honor, Judge Judy, has dominated broadcast television. Now America’s Judge will continue to reach her millions of fans through IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service,” said Koondel, CEO of Sox Entertainment, Inc. “I’m thrilled to help with the transition of this entertainment phenom from over-the-air to over-the-top television.”
Some long-term care homes can't get insurance, could be force to close: association
Ontario's long-term care homes are having trouble securing liability insurance for COVID-19, a situation that could force some of them to close, a group representing more than 70 per cent of the province's homes says. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says its homes are being offered new policies without a key provision: coverage for infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The association has now turned to the federal government for help, saying potential claims could place a burden on the homes' finances, and loans could be denied over the lack of coverage.
Koondel, who departed as CBS chief corporate licensing officer in 2018, has a long history with Sheindlin, going back to orchestrating Paramount Television’s acquisition of Spelling Entertainment, which owned Judge Judy producer Big Ticket Television.
Sheindlin, a former judge in Manhattan family court, is also creator and executive producer of syndicated court show Hot Bench, also from CBS TV Distribution. The company and Sheindlin had a kerfuffle over the Judge Judy library, consisting of over 5,000 episodes. Sheindlin gained control over her archive at some point during her numerous contract negotiations. CBS wound up buying rights to the Judge Judy library for an estimated $100 million after they were shopped around in 2017, a deal Koondel was instrumental in.
Coming up for IMDb TV and Amazon Studios is the November 13 premiere of the spy thriller Alex Rider, an original series based on Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling book franchise. In development is a half-hour coming-of-age series based on High School, the New York Times bestselling memoir by Tegan and Sara Quin, adapted by Clea DuVall for Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment. In addition, a reimagining of the crime drama Leverage will debut in 2021.
Singh calls for end to for-profit long-term care homes owned by government .
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and union officials are calling on the federal government to put a stop to its role in for-profit long-term care homes, where deadly COVID-19 outbreaks are worsening as the second wave of the pandemic takes hold. Singh and two unions say the government must transform Revera from a for-profit corporation into a publicly managed entity. The company runs more than 500 seniors' residences in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. It is owned by a federal Crown corporation that manages public-service pensions, which bought it out in 2007.