Dan Abrams Launches New Site – Whiskey Raiders

December 7, 2020
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Abrams Media and it’s founder, Dan Abrams, have launched their newest venture, Whiskey Raiders. An online site for aggregated whiskey reviews, Whiskey Raiders promises to be a resource for both seasoned and novice whiskey drinkers alike.

The site uses a proprietary algorithm to assign an average score to each individual whiskey. “No longer will interested consumers need to stand in the liquor store and visit several websites to get an impression on a product they’re curious about,” Jay West, the site’s managing editor, told Mediaite.

A veteran spirit critic, West previously ran the spirit review site t8ke.review. Abrams Media acquired t8ke.review as part of the launch, and will merge its content, including West’s personal reviews, to the new Whiskey Raiders site

In an exclusive scoop on the site’s launch, Variety noted that in addition to providing a standardized score for each product, Abrams and West envision “a regular feature that helps readers figure out which product will deliver the most satisfaction at a particular price point.” The site also plans to announce a shopping partner in the coming weeks, allowing readers to purchase their desired spirit directly through the site.

Abrams came up with the idea for Whiskey Raiders while working on the now-cancelled A&E program, Live P.D. After wrapping a shoot, Abrams and his co-hosts would share a celebratory drink, exposing him to the exciting, but complex world of whiskey more than he had ever been before. “I found myself having to dig into each of the very good in-depth reviews, and having to go site to site to figure out the general sense of a bourbon,” Abrams told Variety. West echoed this sentiment, telling MediaiteEvery whiskey site is doing their own thing. It’s a wonderful thing, but adds complexity to the universe for newcomers to whiskey, or individuals trying to research a new bottle.”

By aggregating reviews from top-rated sites and assigning an average score on a scale of 50-100, Whiskey Raiders hopes to simplify drinkers’ search for a good spirit. At the same time, the site recognizes the importance of in-depth reviews and individual voices in the whiskey community, giving readers the option to click through to each full review on the originally sourced webpages. “The in-depth reviews are really important,” Abrams told Variety, “and we are going to be promoting these other sites on our site, urging people to go read the reviews.” 

The Whiskey Raiders site is now live, with hundreds of whiskeys already aggregated and more being added each day. 

 

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 and TheMarySue.com, among others.

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 to Host and Executive Produce New A&E Network Show Court Cam

October 24, 2019
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A&E Network announced a new collaboration with ABC Chief Legal Analyst and Live PD host Dan Abrams. Following the success of Live PD and The Law&Crime Network, A&E has teamed up with Abrams and his production company, Law&Crime Productions, to produce Court Cam a behind the scenes look into some of the most wild, unruly, and dramatic moments in courts across the country. Watch the promo on TheWrap.com and elsewhere. 

Dan will sit down with the witnesses, judges, and victims in these cases in order to tell their stories and perspectives of the emotional outbursts and chaotic moments. A&E Network’s executive VP and head of programming, Elaine Frontain Bryant, described Dan is the perfect person for these stories, “Not only is he a trusted voice to our audience and all Live PD viewers, but his legal expertise makes him the perfect host to provide viewers with an all-access look into unbelievable moments in America’s courtrooms.” 

Despite his legal expertise and decades of experience in covering the courts, some of these moments shocked Dan, “I have covered trials for my entire career, and even I was stunned by many of these remarkable courtroom moments… then getting to talk to the people involved from heroes to victims was as enlightening as it was humbling.”

The first season of the show will feature 8 x 30 minute episodes, jam-packed filled with tense court battles and decorum shattering moments. “Court Cam” premieres on A&E with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, December 5 at 9PM ET/PT. 

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

“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.