Law&Crime Continues to Expand After an Unprecedented Year of Growth

February 4, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Law&Crime,Podcasts,Writing — Tags: , — Editorial Staff @ 6:43 pm

Axios Covers Law&Crime Network's Planned International Expansion and Podcast NetworkAfter its most profitable year on record, Law&Crime is continuing to grow with plans for overseas expansion and a new podcast network. Created by Dan Abrams, Law&Crime is the biggest property within the Abrams Media empire. Axios’ Sara Fischer covered the companies’ enormous growth, noting that in 2020 Law&Crime brought in $13 million in revenue, a huge jump from the less than $3 million brought in in 2019. 

Law&Crime, originally founded in 2016 as a legal news website, launched its 24/7 live trial channel in 2017 with the help of an undisclosed investment stake from A&E. Since then, the 55 person company has been on an upward growth trajectory. The network, which currently streams on most OTT platforms including Sling, Philo, and Xfinity, is currently in talks to expand its app availability to smart TVs outside of the U.S. and Canada. 

As a linear channel, Law&Crime has partnered with cable systems, such as VerizonFIOS and Blue Ridge Communications, to bring the live network to 25 million households. The channel is already available in some areas in the Caribbean, and, according to Axios, has “plans to expand to other English-speaking countries in the coming months.”

Law&Crime’s programming includes a variety of content surrounding the day’s most interesting legal and true crime cases. The network features live trial coverage, top legal analysis, celebrity crimes, and more. Its trial coverage has proved to be very lucrative for the company, as the footage can be used for multiple projects. “We use every piece of the trial,” Abrams told Axios. “We own the IP. We cover trials live, and then we can then use the material for other productions. We sometimes end up getting licensing fees from others looking to build off of the material for documentaries.”

Law&Crime’s production arm has started producing content for other media entities as well, such as Facebook, Vice, and Lifetime. One of Law&Crime’s top series, Killer Cases, was sold to linear channels internationally in areas such as Poland, the U.K, Gemany, and Africa.

In addition to its television network and digital website, which currently gets about 6 million unique views per month, Law&Crime is continuing its expansion into the world of podcasting. After making their first podcast deal to co-produce the popular criminal case and trial series, Court Junkies, in 2019, Law&Crime plans to add at least 5 new podcasts to its lineup. Objections: With Adam Klasfeld is one of those podcasts, launched on January 26th of this year. The show features Investigative Reporter Adam Klasfeld as he talks viewers through the top legal cases of the week.

The full article on Law&Crime’s unprecedented growth in 2020 can be read on Axios here.

 

ABOUT LAW&CRIME

Law&Crime is the only linear and OTT network providing 24/7 coverage of court trials, true crime, celebrity justice, and expert legal analysis. Created by attorney and TV’s top legal commentator, Dan Abrams, Law&Crime aims to provide honest, compelling, and common sense legal analysis to an often complicated world of law.

ABOUT ABRAMS MEDIA

Abrams Media owns and operates a successful suite of media properties that reaches tens of millions of users each month. Founded in 2009 by Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Correspondent for ABC News and host of The Dan Abrams Show on Sirius XM, the properties include Mediaite.com, Law&Crime Network, LawandCrime.com, WhiskeyRaiders.com and TheMarySue.com, among others.

Dan Abrams Set to Open Long Island Winery

February 1, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Winery,Writing — Tags: , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 7:35 pm

THR Dan Abrams Plans to Open Winery

Dan Abrams is adding vineyard owner to his long list of jobs. In addition to running his own media company, serving as ABC’s Chief Legal Analyst, and juggling multiple hosting gigs as host of his own SiriusXM radio show and A&E’s Court Cam, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Dan Abrams recently purchased a vineyard out on Long Island.

 

Laurel Lake Vineyards, a popular winery situated on the North Fork of Long Island, was purchased by Abrams in December 2020. Abrams, who has long been a collector of wines and a noted wine lover, hopes to transform the vineyard into a luxury winery “where Napa meets the Hamptons.” When speaking with THR, Abrams stated that he’s “so excited to invest in the North Fork and this vineyard with the goal of creating a new luxury Long Island wine.”

Abrams, who is expecting a new baby in the coming weeks, has teamed up with sommelier Vanessa Price to completely rebrand and relaunch the existing vineyard. The winery will undergo a complete transformation, including a new name inspired by Abrams’ children. Price, a noted wine columnist at New York Magazine and author of Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World, will help Abrams oversee the vineyard’s day to day business.

“Expanding into the wine business has long been a passion of mine and this winery presented a perfect opportunity to create an experience that both local residents and seasonal guests will enjoy,” Abrams told THR

While the vineyard will be Abrams’ first foray into the wine making world, it won’t be his first venture into the world of alcohol. In December 2020, Abrams’ company, Abrams Media, launched their new site Whiskey Raiders, an online resource for whiskey drinkers. Branded as “the rotten tomatoes of the whiskey world,” Whiskey Raiders uses a proprietary algorithm to aggregate online whiskey reviews and assign one average score from 50-100 for each rated whiskey.

Abrams and Price plan to relaunch Laurel Lake Vineyard under a new brand this summer.

Dan Abrams: “Yes The Media Can Be Biased, But What About Your Obligation To Check Facts?”

January 27, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , — Editorial Staff @ 9:59 pm

Dan Abrams calls for the public to fact check their stories

Dan Abrams is calling on members of the public to take accountability and fact check before spreading possibly false stories online or elsewhere. In an op-ed written for Mediaite, a site founded by Abrams in 2009, Abrams acknowledges the inherent bias in the media and the need to hold it accountable, but also asks the public “what about your obligation to the facts?”

Every weekday at 2PM ET, Abrams hosts a radio show on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel to discuss current events where politics meets the law. A good portion of each show is dedicated to taking listeners’ calls, a segment Abrams calls “invaluable” as he gets “to hear directly from smart people across the country, with very different perspectives, about the political and legal landscape.” While typically Abrams’ listeners are independents or political moderates from both sides of the aisle, lately Abrams has noticed an uptick in calls from listeners who are furious at the news media and convinced the 2020 U.S. presidential election was rife with fraud.

“Armed with bits and pieces of information and heaps of fury and confidence, callers seek to hold me, and by proxy the media, accountable for failing to cover the election fairly,” Abrams wrote. “I appreciate the sentiment but in the vast majority of these cases, these mostly savvy and educated callers, simply didn’t review the known facts or are unwilling to take the time or make the effort to do so.”

Abrams doesn’t dispute that there are real discussions to be had about the way our elections are conducted, noting that in every major election there are rulings and procedures determined by courts that “are legitimate subjects for debate.” What Abrams does dispute is broad claims of fraud and vague claims that “it just doesn’t add up,” even after being presented the facts. “I have enormous respect for my listeners,” Abrams stated, “so I demand that those who criticize the media for ignoring facts about the election come to the table with more than just passion and opinions.”

Abrams has long been a member of the mainstream media, but he has also been an outspoken and vocal critic of it. In fact, Abrams started Mediaite partly because he felt “there wasn’t enough accountability for the often self-righteous and pious leaders of the highly politicized media on both sides.” Bias in the media is not something Abrams debates, but “on something factual like mass election fraud, there isn’t right and left,  just right and wrong.” In the same way the public can and should demand accountability from the media, Abrams asks for accountability from the public. “It’s not their profession,” Abrams writes, “but when they have the megaphone on social media or on radio, the obligation should go both ways.”

Abrams’ full op-ed is available to read on Mediaite here.

 

ABOUT MEDIAITE

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. Mediaite is part of the Abrams Media Network.

Dan Abrams Reveals New Book, Kennedy’s Avenger, Available for Pre-Order Now

November 24, 2020

The New York Times bestselling authors, Dan Abrams and David Fisher, have announced their new book, Kennedy’s Avenger, available for pre-order now.  Set to be released June 1st, 2021, Kennedy’s Avenger brings to life the forgotten trial of Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner turned assassin who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, but died an innocent man.

“While the world knew about nightclub owner Jack Ruby killing Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald live on national TV, few knew about Ruby’s actual trial. And what an amazing trial it was,” Abrams and Fisher told LawandCrime who covered the book’s announcement.

“Witnesses included a world famous boxing champion, ‘strip tease dancers’ from Ruby’s club and the police detective who had been shackled to Oswald when he was shot. Ruby’s lawyer was arguably the most famous and flamboyant attorney in the country and chose a bizarre defense to try to save his client.” The authors went on to note that “some of the curious trial testimony even fueled the rapidly growing conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination.” 

Kennedy’s Avenger is the fourth book from Abrams and Fisher to highlight an important legal trial in American history. “Each of our books has combined colorful characters, memorable events and actual courtroom transcripts to tell a story of our Presidents to be, or former Presidents involved in major trials often forgotten to history,” Abrams and Fisher told LawandCrime. “In doing so we’ve also followed the development of the American legal system from the 18th century into the 20th.”

Previous books from the writing duo include New York Times’ bestsellers: Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy, and John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial

Kennedy’s Avenger is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold.

More on Abrams and Fisher’s previous works

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial 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.

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy 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.

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Network Launches First Syndicated Show

September 17, 2020
Variety published an article covering the launch of Law & Crime Daily, a syndicated show from Dan Abrams' Law&Crime Network

Variety’s article covering the launch of Law&Crime Daily, a new show from Dan Abrams’ Law&Crime Network

The Law&Crime Network, the nation’s only live trial network, announced the launch of their first syndicated show, Law&Crime Daily, in partnership with Litton Entertainment. The program aired its flagship episode on Monday, September 14th and featured discussion of the day’s biggest legal and true crime headlines.

Abrams believes his newest venture will help fill a hole in legal programming, having noted that over the past fifteen years the coverage of major court trials on cable news networks has diminished. “This is really kind of an opportunity,” Abrams told Variety who covered the announcement, “the interest in legal stories hasn’t faded.”

“Law&Crime Daily” is hosted by attorney and broadcast journalist Aaron Keller who will also work as executive producer for the program. Keller has an extensive legal and broadcast background including a feature in Netflix’s documentary, “Making a Murderer,” for his coverage of the Steven Avery case. Keller will be joined by co-hosts Terri Austin, a former trial attorney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, and Brian Buckmire, a felony trial attorney and a homicide defense attorney in a NYC Public Defender’s office.

“The incredible depth of knowledge and insight from Aaron Keller, Terri Austin, and Brian Buckmire allow ‘Law&Crime Daily’ to provide audiences with an inside view into the day’s most fascinating court cases,” stated Dave Morgan, president and CEO of Litton Entertainment. “We are excited to partner with Dan Abrams and his stellar production team to continue to expand Litton’s programming slate that entertains and informs viewers.”

 

ABOUT LAW&CRIME

Law&Crime is the only linear and OTT network providing 24/7 coverage of court trials, true crime, celebrity justice, and expert legal analysis. Created by attorney and TV’s top legal commentator, Dan Abrams, Law&Crime aims to provide honest, compelling, and common sense legal analysis to an often complicated world of law.

Dan Abrams Leads Master Class on “US Presidents on Trial”

August 10, 2020
Filed under: Blog,Public Appearances,Writing — Editorial Staff @ 3:02 pm

Dan Abrams is gearing up for a Master Class discussing past presidents and the current Trump administration after writing three instant New York Times bestselling novels on historic trials involving Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and John Adams.

An expert on presidents defending themselves and others in court, Abrams will tackle the biggest questions surrounding President Trump now. What is happening—and will happen—with Trump’s civil lawsuits? Could he face any criminal charges after he is out of office or even during his tenure if he is re-elected?

Abrams will lead the virtual Master Class “US Presidents on Trial” on Wednesday, August 12th at 6:00pm ET. Tickets to the event can be purchased on the event page

About the three great trials that changed the course of American history

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father’s Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial 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. 

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy 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.

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

All of Abrams’ books can be purchased online and in stores. 

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
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 2:44 pm

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.

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