Erstwhile rapper Ice-T does more than catch bad guys and sell automobile warranties, now he’s taking on “Judge Judy.”
FilmRise July 23 has acquired the distribution rights to court TV series “The Mediator With Ice-T,” with FilmRise representing the show in all media worldwide and show producer Jetmir Media retaining U.S. broadcast syndication rights. In addition, both FilmRise and Jetmir are co-financing 20 new episodes of the series.
Each 30-minute episode features Ice-T (“Law and Order: SVU”) seeking resolutions between feuding civilian parties in a court-like platform. The parties present their sides to Ice-T, who will then bring in third party experts to get their perspectives and advice regarding the conflict.
Ice-T will then give his recommendation on how they should move forward, which will either end in a settlement or move on to civil court. “The Mediator” originally aired on Fox TV.
Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions, co-productions, said “The Mediator” is a perfect fit to the platform’s expanding slate of celebrity-hosted original series.
“We look forward to expanding its audience via streaming and creating more original episodes,” he said.
Ice-T, who also executive produces, said the series has a better chance at finding audiences when distributed across multiple platforms.
“Few if any TV shows can thrive without multiple outlets which FilmRise has and maintains globally,” he said. “We also look forward to their creative input on new episodes.”
FilmRise plans to offer the series to a range of digital platforms including The Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto TV, Peacock, among others, as well as its own FilmRise streaming channels.
The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, senior director of global content acquisitions for FilmRise, and Puraj Puri and Mark Vega represented Jetmir Media.