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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
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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. 

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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

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.

Dan Abrams: Megyn Kelly Alleged ‘Multiple Incidents’ of Harassment by Roger Ailes

July 20, 2016
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CaptureDan Abrams reported this morning, Wednesday, July 20th on Good Morning America, that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told investigators of “multiple incidents” of alleged harassment by network Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Dan was told by a source close to the investigation that multiple Fox News female talent have spoken to investigators about potential harassment by Ailes. In addition to his reporting for ABC News,  Dan specified to Mediaite.com that Kelly apparently told investigators about a series of incidents from a decade ago. Read the full story here.

 

 

 

Trump’s Attack on Hispanic Judge Not a Two Sided Issue Requiring Media ‘Balance’

June 7, 2016
Filed under: Writing — Tags: , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 2:57 pm

Donald Trump recently claimed that having Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a Hispanic judge, preside over one of the lawsuits against Trump University, is somehow biased against Trump. Trump went on to say that even a Muslim judge might be unfit to hear a case against him as well, a comment denounced by the vast majority of Republican leaders for being bigoted and undermining the judicial system. Dan recently wrote an article for Mediaite.com  on this issue NOT requiring media balance or an objective light, he commented, “In certain cases, the two sides are much simpler: right and wrong. In those relatively rare cases, it should be the media’s obligation and duty to shed the veneer of “objectivity” and specifically and vociferously call it what it is. Wrong. Donald Trump‘s claim that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, presiding over one of the lawsuits against Trump University, is somehow biased against him because he is “Mexican”(born in Indiana of course) is one of those cases.” Read the full article here.

 

Dan Talks Latest Details on Bill Cosby

May 27, 2016
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Dan apCapturepeared on Good Morning America, alongside of HLN’s Nancy Grace,  Wednesday, May 25th to discuss the latest Bill Cosby bombshell. The former TV dad will stand trial on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in 2004.  More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault and the prosecution is likely going to fight vigorously to try to get their testimony included in this case. Dan commented, ” The question is will they be able to testify? And if they are, this case against bill Cosby is going to be a very powerful, strong one. If they can’t, if a court deems that they cannot testify as part of this case, this is not going to be that easy a case against Bill Cosby.” Watch the full segment here.

Dan on Prince Estate

April 27, 2016
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princeDan appeared on Good Morning America, Wednesday, April 27th to discuss the future of Prince’s multi-million dollar estate. Prince’s sister has told the court that she believes Prince has no will. Dan commented, “He went through a lot of lawyers and managers over time. There might still be a will out there, but if there isn’t a will, then it’s likely going to be divided amongst the siblings equally. Half siblings and full siblings get equal access but the first thing a probate court is going to have to do appoint an executor.” Watch the full segment here.

Mediaite Breaks Traffic Record in March

April 4, 2016
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Tags: , , , , , — Editorial Staff @ 6:46 pm

mediaiteBig congratulations to Mediaite.com and LawNewz.com! Both sites had a banner month this March with Mediaite breaking a traffic record and LawNewz surpassing 1 million visitors (in only its second month!) Mediaite welcomed a whopping and record 7.7 million unique visitors and the site gave a shout out to Managing Editor Jon Nicosia as well as the whole Mediaite team. Check out more details here.

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