Judge Judy Extends CTD Pact Through 2020

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Small claims court defendants and plaintiffs, beware. Syndicated TV jurist Judge Judith Sheindlin has inked a deal extension that will keep her on the bench screaming at people for another five years.

Queen Bee Productions' extended deal with CBS Television Distribution (CTD) goes through 2020 and includes a first-look production deal. Sheindlin also produces Hot Bench for CTD through Queen Bee.

“We could not be more excited to continue our longtime relationship with Judy,” said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “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.”

The Judge Judy brand shows no signs of slowing down. The 19-year-old flagship courtroom show has been the most-watched program in first-run syndication for the past five years. On average, 10. 3 million people tune in each week.  Hot Bench is the No. 1 freshman show in syndication.

“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 Bench and look forward to replicating its success with more new, compelling and smart TV.”