Is Dan Abrams’ “Court Cam” Realistic?

March 19, 2021
Filed under: Blog,Law&Crime,Writing — Tags: , — Editorial Staff @ 4:14 pm

Oklahoma defense attorney, Adam Banner, came across A&E’s Court Cam one afternoon while flipping channels. Immediately intrigued by the show’s opener, Banner had to tune in and discover for himself what Court Cam was all about.

First aired on A&E in December 2019, Court Cam gives viewers an inside look into America’s craziest and most outrageous courtroom moments. Hosted by ABC’s chief legal analyst, Dan Abrams, each episode combines interviews of judges, witnesses, victims, etc. with actual footage to provide a behind-the-scenes look of what happened in the courtroom. Wanting to judge for himself if Court Cam was realistic, Banner sat down in front of the tv and watched. In a column for the ABA Journal, Banner discussed his thoughts.

“One has to approach Court Cam with an understanding of what they’re in for” Banner wrote, “extreme instances of extreme behavior in courtrooms across the nation.” However extreme does not mean unrealistic. “Absurd things do happen in courthouses reasonably regularly,” Banner notes after discussing an episode in which an Oklahoma man entered a courthouse without any pants. In fact, Banner could recall two separate instances of his own in which defendants had defecated in the courtroom hallway.

While outrageous moments such as “a defendant trying to sing his way to a lighter sentence” or “another lighting up a joint in open court” are fun to watch, “the series doesn’t simply recount the ridiculous,” Banner writes. A segment covering a defendant attacking his attorney in open court was followed by an interview with said attorney. This interview provided a nice touch that Banner believes “added an interesting level of reality” to the story.

Defendants aren’t the only ones featured on Court Cam. Many of the show’s segments feature the victims and family members who are dealing with the aftermath of traumatic crimes. “The majority of episodes deal with “revenge” by someone who feels they have been wronged.” This reflects what Banner believes to be “a common thread that weaves all these players together: the despair that results from losing something of value.”

Court Cam episodes play out in a formulaic way. After the episode’s opening, the viewer is greeted by host Dan Abrams who sets up “the place and procedural posture of the problem that follow.” Banner notes Abrams’ “commentary is measured and not too overbearing,” and he “does a great job of relaying the necessary facts in a way that keeps the audience engaged without becoming too distracting.” Because the show itself “isn’t set in any specific location,” Banner notes the producers have the advantage of cherry-picking “the most outrageous instances of bad behavior it can find.”

Overall, whether the story focuses on a loss that is “one’s freedom due to his or her own actions or losing a loved one due to the actions of another,” Bannon believesCourt Cam does an admirable job of showing the extreme examples of human emotions that play out—to one degree or another—every day in courthouses all across America.”

New episodes of Court Cam air on  on Wednesdays at 9/8 central on A&E. You can read Adam Banner’s full column on the ABA Journal’s site here.

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.