Just four days after the producers of Judge Mathis canceled the court show, Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG) has stepped in and announced plans to launch a program with Mathis.
AMG said Tuesday it’s given a “firm go” to the series titled Mathis Court With Judge Mathis. The show will launch in fall 2023, and air in national syndication, as well as on cable and digital distribution platforms.
The series becomes the 8th daily court program in Byron Allen’s portfolio.
“For years I’ve proudly watched Byron Allen build a first-class global media empire. After 24 years on the air, I can’t think of a better company to work with to create my next great chapter,” Judge Greg Mathis said in a statement. “Byron and I are both from Detroit and it’s exciting to see him build the Motown of court programming by bringing together all of my fellow judges from his 8 court shows — who are the best of the best.”
The new one-hour show will be produced and distributed globally by AMG.
“Judge Greg Mathis is an outstanding, charismatic, and iconic television host, and we are extremely confident that our eighth and newest court series with Judge Mathis will be very successful for years to come as he joins our outstanding roster of talent, including Judge Kevin Ross, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Judge Christina Perez, Judge Karen Mills-Francis, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Judge Lauren Lake, and Judge Eboni K. Williams,” said Byron Allen, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group.
The announcement comes after Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and Telepictures Productions canceled Judge Mathis and The People’s Court on Friday, Feb. 17. Both shows have been on the air for more than two decades.
Hosted by Mathis, a Michigan District Court judge, Judge Mathis debuted in 1999 and is currently in its 24th season.
The People’s Court originally ran from 1981 to 1993, and was presided over by former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wapner. The current version of the show debuted in 1997, with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch leading the series from 1997–1999. He was followed by former New York Supreme Court Judge Jerry Sheindlin, from 1999–2001. Judge Marilyn Milian had led the series since 2001.
Both shows will halt production at the end of their current seasons.