FilmRise Signs Rapper Ice-T to Mediate Conflict

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.

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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.

Ice-T Film ‘Equal Standard’ Coming to Digital June 8, Disc July 6 From Mill Creek and Mutiny

The Ice-T film Equal Standard will debut theatrically May 7, on digital June 8, and on DVD and Blu-ray July 6 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Mutiny Pictures.

Taheim Bryan’s writing and acting debut inspired by his life experience, the film tells the timely and politically charged story of police in New York City struggling with race, rank, betrayal and loss. Directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane, the story is an billed as an unflinching — and unbiased — lens on the lives of police and the community they’re called upon to protect, and what happens when that covenant goes sideways, offering a perspective from both sides of the law.

Equal Standard stars Ice-T (New Jack City, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Naughty by Nature’s Anthony “Treach” Criss (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Sopranos”) and Robert Clohessy (“Hill Street Blues,” The Wolf of Wall Street).

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“There are people who have never dealt with the cops’ brutality or it doesn’t happen in their community,” Ice-T recently told Entertainment Tonight. “What I hope is all the protesters take [the lessons from Equal Standard] with them in their day-to-day life, and when they see racism or they see something wrong, that they step up against it as one person.”

The film was an Official Selection at the Durban International Film Festival; a Best Trailer Nominee at the Paris Art and Movie Awards (PAMA); a Screenplay Semi-Finalist for Taheim Bryan at the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival; and an Official Selection at the Black Film Festival Los Angeles.