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Dan Abrams’ New Book “John Adams Under Fire” is Out Soon

October 3, 2019

The New York Times bestselling authors, Dan Abrams and David Fisher, have a new book out March 3rd 2020, John Adams Under Fire. This is the pair’s third book that revives America’s great legal battles, having previously written about trials involving Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. 

John Adams Under Fire goes back to colonial Boston in the aftermath of one of America’s founding moments, the Boston Massacre. It tells the story of a young lawyer, John Adams, taking the defense of the British soldiers that killed five colonists and in doing so establishing himself as the center of Bostonian legal and political life. 

Abrams and Fisher use Adams’ own words and the trial’s transcript to transport the reader into a colonial Boston with narrow streets, British ships in the harbor, and palpable political tension to paint a full picture of both the trial and the massacre itself. In the atmosphere of outrage and partisan charges circulating, Adams stuck to the facts and examined the evidence of the massacre. By piecing together the events from first hand accounts, the book digs into what actually happened leading up to and on the night of the massacre. The book shows a defiantly evenhanded and diligent Adams on the frontlines of a trial that helped define American civic engagement. 

On the eve of revolution, John Adams maintained that “Facts are stubborn things.” A lesson that rings throughout American politics from the colonial era to today. Abrams and Fisher examine how Adams’ defense of the British soldiers led to his passionate belief that there should be, “A government of laws, and not of men.”

Read more about the book at Dan Abrams Books and preorder from Amazon and Barnes & Noble today.

Bloomberg Businessweek Sees Live PD as Cable’s Future

August 22, 2019
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Bloomberg Businessweek reported yesterday on Live PD’s success despite the new media landscape of streaming websites. Amidst reports of stagnation of cable’s audience Bloomberg reports, “The show, now in its third season, is often the No. 1 program on American cable TV on Friday and Saturday nights. A&E is one of only two cable channels to show growth in 18-to-49-year-old viewers since September 2018, along with TLC.” Bloomberg credits this success to the “irresistible content” that blends the time tested genre of police shows with high-paced, real time footage of the police. 

This new formula is paving the way in new content creation. According to Bloomberg, “A&E, jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., runs six hours of new Live PD episodes a week. There are hours more of reruns and seven spinoffs, including Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol and Live Rescue, which focuses on firefighters and other first responders. Top Dog, which features police dogs competing on an obstacle course, is set to make its debut in the fall.” This has resulted in the shift away from more traditional scripted material, “Says A&E President Paul Buccieri: ‘We think we’ve struck a real opportunity with live unscripted storytelling.’”

This rings true not just for TV execs, but also the police featured on Live PD. Richland County is featured on Live PD, and their sheriff reports, “The department gets fan mail and job inquiries from across the country, he says. Some 5,000 fans came to Columbia, the county’s largest city, for a celebration of the 200th episode in April. ‘I think Live PD is the future of law enforcement.’” The show’s host, Dan Abrams, told Bloomberg, “‘I think that more people in other parts of the country are probably touched by law enforcement, they have friends, relatives that are in some ways connected to it.’” 

Live PD airs Friday and Saturdays at 9PM on A&E. 

Variety Interviews Dan Abrams on Live PD, ABC News, Abrams Media

June 26, 2019
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 5:59 pm

Variety reporter Brian Steinberg recently spoke with Dan and sat in with him on his daily SiriusXM radio show. The article, titled “‘Live P.D.’ Host Dan Abrams Brings New Order to Law-Focused Media,” takes a deep dive into Dan’s current and former endeavors and how he balances so many unique responsibilities. 

“It is, to some degree, different lives,” notes Abrams, sitting behind an adjustable desk in his company’s Manhattan offices. “I have the life of running a growing company, and everything has to be done economically, and I have to be monitoring how may coffee refills we get. And yet I live a very different life as an on-air guy, where the coffee is plentiful.”

Being the Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News, and being the CEO of his own companies pose very different challenges. Steinberg reached out to Dan’s ABC News colleague to understand just how he does it. 

“Figuring out how to connect the dots of his various enterprises might be difficult, but George Stephanopoulos, the ABC News anchor, can do it: Abrams is working on a way to keep up with the nation’s increasing fascination with the overlap of law, media and politics. “He can play in all of these different arenas,” says Stephanopoulos, in a brief phone interview.”

Dan’s work as host of Live PD, the number one show on cable, contrasts his smaller four media companies. But the mid-size media outlets are quickly growing. Two of the four, the Law & Crime Network and Mediaite.com, recently helped create a business deal between multiple news outlets. 

Dan described to Steinberg the goal of the new deal:

“In a world of internet behemoths, it can be tough to compete for ad dollars as a mid-sized web property. So with the 2020 election around the corner, we thought the best way for us to get some of the political advertising that will be flooding the internet was to join with other similarly sized sites and offer larger packages together,” says Abrams, adding: “Since the announcement we have had a number of other sites inquire about joining the coalition as well.”

The two companies fit perfectly into the alliance. 

From TV green rooms to the corridors of the senate to the latest White House press briefing, Mediaite is a trusted source on the intersection of politics and media across the political spectrum. Breaking news, analysis and opinions aplenty, Mediaite delivers it all with lightning quick speed. 

Law & Crime is both a 24/7 live trial network, as well as a website that hosts multiple live trial streams and expert legal articles. LawandCrime.com is the only site for live court video, high-profile criminal trials, crazy crime, celebrity justice, and smart legal analysis. Law & Crime brings common sense written and video analysis to the often confusing and always intriguing world of the law. The site’s team of journalists and lawyers provide real-time news updates along with live courtroom coverage of the most fascinating trials and legal stories.

Variety’s piece was published in the wake of wide media attention around Dan’s new book, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy

Dan Abrams on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

June 17, 2019
Filed under: Blog,Public Appearances,Writing — Editorial Staff @ 3:57 pm

Dan appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday to discuss his new book Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy. Before diving in to the book, Colbert asked about Dan’s time at MSNBC. Former host of The Abrams Report, Dan gained experience on both sides of news media, on-air and behind-the-scenes. One thing he learned, he told Colbert, was that “it is sometimes a lot more fun being the on-air person complaining about management, than it is being the management being complained about.”

Now host of top-rated Live PD, Dan joked about his MSNBC replacement: ““Then MSNBC made the worst decision and they still regret it to this day, I had the nine o’clock show and they replaced me with this woman Rachel Maddow…They regret it everyday.”

On the book, Dan describes how Theodore Roosevelt was known for handling problems “mano a mano.” Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense looks at the “Trial of the Century” in which Roosevelt had to defend his legacy in the courthouse instead of his usual wrestling mat.

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense tells the largely forgotten story of the 1915 trial where the former president was sued for libel. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, Republican Party leader William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him.

The book is now available online and in stores.

Best-Selling Author Dan Abrams Talks to News Media About New Book

June 8, 2019
Filed under: Blog,Public Appearances — Tags: , , , — Editorial Staff @ 4:00 pm

A year after the New York Times instant best-selling book Lincoln’s Last Trial, Dan Abrams published Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy, another immediate New York Times bestseller.

In anticipation of the May 21st release, Dan sat down with Chris Cuomo of CNN to discuss Theodore Roosevelt and the trial history had largely forgotten.

After the discussion and following the release, Dan appeared on several news and entertainment outlets. Good Morning America started publish day and was quickly followed by a morning of radio appearances. The radio tour included CNN’s Michael Smerconish and news legend Dan Rather. Dan, the host of his own daily SiriusXM show, spoke with Michelle Collins, Pete Dominick, and John Fugelsang, along with many other hosts at the station.

Dan also appeared early on MSNBC’s Morning Joe before sharing a cup of coffee with the women of The View. Ending an early day with a late appearance, Dan discussed the breaking news of the day and the politics of Roosevelt’s time on the 11th Hour with Brian Williams.

Trailing the 11th Hour appearance was Fox’s Brian Kilmeade followed by MSNBC’s Ari Melber and CNN’s Don Lemon.

Good Morning America brought him back on for Good Morning America Weekend, and likewise Michael Smerconish brought him on for a TV broadcast appearance, complimenting his earlier radio interview.

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense tells the largely forgotten story of the 1915 trial where the former president was sued for libel. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, Republican Party leader William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him.

The book is now available online and in stores.

“Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense” Releases to Rave Reviews

May 24, 2019
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Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy was published this week to high praise from critics at NPR, Publisher’s Weekly, and The New York Journal of Books. The book centers around a hundred-year-old “trial of the century.” Dan Abrams and David Fisher use parts of the trial’s transcripts to create a compelling story. The New York Journal of Books says it reads “like a blow-by-blow radio account of a prizefight between two heavyweights, although the arena is a courtroom, not a boxing ring.”

While true crime novels are exploding in popularity, Abrams and Fisher venture into uncharted waters with a case that involves no murder, maiming, or likewise morbid indulgence. NPR reviewed the book and remarked that “it’s difficult to turn a civil trial into a gripping narrative, but Abrams and Fisher do just that…the authors do an excellent job providing the context of the case, deftly explaining the political ‘boss system’ that controlled New York at the time and charting Roosevelt’s political evolution from rock-ribbed Republican to progressive independent.”

Abrams’ prowess in the legal world and extensive experience analyzing the most important cases involving law and politics influences his writing style. According to NPR, the co-authors are “gifted writers, and their prose is neither overly spare nor showy; they’re clearly fascinated by the trial, and their enthusiasm for their subject matter shows.”

Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon describes the trial as “brought vividly to life by Abrams and Fisher, whose research led them through both the trial transcript and copious press coverage of the event. Abrams has a law degree from Columbia University, but he approaches the trial like the Court TV reporter he used to be — which is consistent with how the journalists of the day covered the story.”

And for those not typically enthralled by legal cases long over, Publisher’s Weekly believes “many of the questions the trial raised about the effects of money in politics, the dangers of blind allegiance to party politics, and oversize corporate political influence will resonate with contemporary readers.”

The instant New York Times bestselling authors of Lincoln’s Last Trial, Dan Abrams and David Fisher return with Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense to tell the largely forgotten story of the 1915 trial where the former president was sued for libel. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, Republican Party leader William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him.

The book is now available online and in stores.

Forbes Announces Law & Crime Publishing Arm to be Distributed by Simon & Schuster

April 22, 2019
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Forbes announced today Law&Crime.com’s new venture into book publishing. The network is now set to publish a series of true crime and legal based books under its brand with worldwide sales and distribution to be handled by Simon & Schuster.

Law&Crime titles will provide readers a new look at criminal investigations, law enforcement, and trials. The first book projected for distribution in 2020, will be written by Tulsa police Sergeant and Live PD host Sean “Sticks” Larkin.

“Law&Crime is thrilled to be moving into the publishing world bringing the most compelling legal stories to a new medium,” said Andrew Eisbrouch, COO & General Counsel of Law&Crime. “We are delighted to be working with Simon & Schuster, who will provide the sales and distribution experience and reach needed to share these stories with audiences craving content in this exploding genre.”

“We are excited to work with Law&Crime, and to bring their well-known brand and ability to create gripping content to readers everywhere,” said Michael Perlman, Vice President, General Manager, Simon & Schuster Client PublisherServices, “We look forward to helping them grow this new publishing venture.”

Law&Crime aims to launch 2-4 books per year under the new imprint.

About Law&Crime:

From high-profile cases to the most compelling local trials, Law&Crime is the only 24/7 linear and OTT network offering daily live trial coverage and expert legal commentary and analysis. Created by TV’s top legal commentator and attorney, Dan Abrams, Law&Crime is dedicated to exploring the always intriguing world of the law while also offering original crime stories and legal programs to a broad, multi-platform audience.

Ari Melber Discusses the Robert Mueller Investigation on ‘The Dan Abrams Show’

March 22, 2019
Filed under: Blog,Podcasts,The Dan Abrams Show — Editorial Staff @ 4:36 pm

Attorney General William Barr may soon receiveRobert Mueller’slong-awaited report. This week, MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber joins The Dan Abrams Show to discuss what to expect.

While speculation abounds, the public may not get to see the final report.

The Special Counsel’s Office has specific regulations on what needs to be communicated to the Attorney General upon conclusion of an investigation. The Attorney General will receive a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.

There is no subsequent obligation to release the report to the public, however the Attorney General may make that decision if he determines it to be in the public interest.

On that vein, Dan Abrams and Melber question why Donald Trump seems to have changed his tune by advocating for the release of the report to the public.

“Whitaker I think might have said to him ‘you’re good’” Abrams says. “And what does ‘you’re good’ mean?” Melber responds. “The bar is so low that ‘this will not force you out of office’ may have been communicated to him…Donald Trump may say ‘even if this report says x number of terrible facts about people around me, if I’m good…the rest of it is fine.’”

On the subject of what the report may actually contain, the answer may be even more ambiguous. Melber lays out four possibilities:

“I think there are four ways this can go down…one, there are further indictments, and rather than some report, those indictments tell us big new things and they’re in the public record. Two, there is no report whatsoever, Mueller finishes, says he’s done, congress is notified under the rules, and that’s it. Number three, there is a spare report, hey, we indicted these people, it’s a list of names, we already knew that. We investigated these people, maybe they’re redacted, and we’re done. And door number four is there’s some voluminous report.”

Listen above, via PodcastOne.

Hosts Sean ‘Sticks’ Larkin and Tom Morris Jr. Talk ‘Live PD’ on The Dan Abrams Show

March 15, 2019
Filed under: Blog,Podcasts,The Dan Abrams Show,Writing — Editorial Staff @ 5:15 pm

The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets The Law this week showcases three of the best law enforcement experts on cable television.

Co-host Sean Larkin, who started as a patrol officer and member of the Gang Unit of the Tulsa Police Department, was often broadcast on Live PD. He quickly become a fan — and host — favorite.

Larkin says the attention he receives as an officer is many times amplified by the popularity of Live PD, but Dan is not convinced that’s all.

“These are many women who are saying ‘Hey, did you see that cop over there, he’s a sexy police man.’”

The other co-host is Tom Morris Jr., former America’s Most Wanted senior correspondent and Washington DC special police officer, who joined the show without fully realizing what he signed onto. In the podcast, Morris recounts his first day on set, where he believed the show to be much shorter than its actual runtime.

“As we approached the second hour ending, I said to the studio crew ‘well we’re almost done’ they go ‘uh, no dude, we got another hour’ I said ‘what, this is three hours long?’”

And the three hours of filming twice every weekend requires more than your typical control room producers.

The production of Live PD is very staff and technology heavy. Live PD records and broadcasts numerous police departments across the country. Producers have to monitor all incoming feeds simultaneously and determine which viewers should see. Sean’s unique experience as a patrol officer positions him to lead in-depth discussions of the filming experience on the ground and in studio.  Larkin explained:

“To have somebody stationed in your car – there’s a producer, there’s a camera man, and a sound guy…and I had a partner, so it was a very, very packed police car.”

Later, describing the process of broadcasting the show:

“There’s 32 live feeds coming in, I don’t know how many audio feeds that are coming in”

The trio discuss the phenomena of Live PD Nation which has garnered an expansive online fan base; the K9 officers who risk life and safety like their handler counterparts; and the most important contributions Live PD offers viewers and their communities.

The Dan Abrams Podcast March 14th, 2019

March 14, 2019
Filed under: Blog,Podcasts,The Dan Abrams Show — Editorial Staff @ 8:17 pm

Live PD hosts Dan Abrams, Sean “Sticks” Larkin, and Tom Morris Jr. discuss their law enforcement backgrounds and how they worked their way to the number one show on cable on Friday and Saturday Nights.

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