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Which TV personality takes home the biggest paycheck? The answer is often elusive to industryites who focus on the scripted primetime arena. But in terms of salary paid to talent for a show — the gavel comes down for Judge Judy.
Judith Sheindlin earns a whopping $47 million annually for presiding over the hit CBS-distributed syndicated court show, now in its 21st season.
“Judge Judy” averages 10.3 million viewers a week, making it the most-watched national program in daytime TV. The show brings in an estimated $160 million-$170 million in revenue a year, including license fees from 200-plus stations around the country and CBS’ barter advertising revenue.
Production costs are minimal, which is one reason Sheindlin can command such a huge payday. Her long-serving bailiff, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, is said to pull in more than $1 million a year for his work on the show, which typically shoots 260-odd episodes over the course of about 52 days each year.
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- Cynthia Littleton
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- Laura Berger
Judge Judy is being summoned to primetime.
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Judy Sheindlin, the veteran court-tv personality, is currently developing Her Honor with CBS, Variety reports. The semi-autobiographical drama would be told from the point of view of the youngest judge in New York who excels in the courtroom, but struggles in her personal life. Sheindlin is co-writing the pilot with Chicago Justice showrunner Michael Chernuchin, whose previous credits include Law & Order, 24, Black Sails and Rogue.
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Judge Sheindlin, who is the star of the long-running court show, is at the centre of a case revolving around her salary, CBS and her talent agency
Television judge Judy Sheindlin (also known as Judge Judy) will effectively find herself on trial – or, at least, her salary will be – next year, in a courtroom drama that pits a talent agency against the network that hosts her show.
Sheindlin – who is known for her onscreen courtroom rulings that are peppered with sharp put-downs – and her popular eponymous show are at the center of a lawsuit that is now scheduled to come to jury trial, Deadline reports.
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- Jo Walters in New York
Big Ticket Television and CBS said in a court filing that talent agency Rebel Entertainment Partners was paid $17 million in package fees “for doing nothing” for the TV series “Judge Judy,” and didn’t even represent star Judy Sheindlin.
Rebel Entertainment Partners filed suit against Big Ticket and CBS last month, claiming that it has not received contractually obligated payments for “Judge Judy” since 2010, because the show is losing money due to Sheindlin’s annual salary of as much as $47 million. Rebel, led by Richard Lawrence, is a successor agency to Abrams-Rubaloff & Lawrence.
In their response to the complaint, CBS and Big Ticket claim that Lawrence pitched a Judge Judy project to syndicators, but did not disclose that he did not represent Sheindlin. He did represent the producers, Sandi Spreckman and Kaye Switzer, who had interested Sheindlin in doing a show.
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- Ted Johnson
Judge Judy will probably have to recuse herself from this case. A new lawsuit claims that popular TV judge Judy Sheindlin’s paycheck is cutting into the profits owed to a company associated with the series. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Rebel Entertainment Partners — described as “the successor-in-interest to the talent agency that packaged the Show” — claims that the company’s principle, Richard Lawrence, met Sheindlin more than two decades ago, “recognized Sheindlin’s star potential and successfully pitched” the court show “Judge Judy.” Also Read: 'Judge Judy' Defendant Hilariously Incriminates Himself and Goes Viral 5 Years. »
- Tim Kenneally
Judge Judy Sheindlin has been America's daytime mother for over 20 years. She's all tough love: The one who forces you to eat your vegetables and gives you a copy of A Room of One's Own and tells you never to depend on a man to get you somewhere in life, that it has to be on you, and if you want to have sex with him, that's okay, but you just have to make sure that you respect you afterwards. Judge Judy was full of such sage advice when she sat down with Ellen DeGeneres, America's other daytime mother, today. "Women make a terrible mistake, because they usually are so desperate to nest, that they pick on zhlubs and worthless pieces of trash that they pick up in a bar, and then turn around and give them the keys to their car, invite them to move in, give them »
- E. Alex Jung
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