Judy Sheindlin — TV’s "Judge Judy" — has announced the executive producer for her upcoming syndicated court show from CBS Television Distribution. B&C reports that Maureen FitzPatrick, executive VP of programming and development for CTD, will exec produce "Hot Bench."
In a statement, Sheindlin, the new show’s creator, said: “I am thrilled that ‘Hot Bench’ will now have the extraordinary talent of Maureen FitzPatrick. One only needs to read her resume and meet her for an hour to know that she is the real deal.”
"Judge Judy" exec producer Randy Douthit will also be on board as an executive producer for "Hot Bench."
Said Douthit: “We’ve worked with Maureen on this exciting new show since the beginning, and we could not be happier to have her join the ‘Hot Bench’ team."
B&C adds: "FitzPatrick joined CTD in 2012 as senior VP of programming and development, and was promoted to CTD’s executive VP in 2013. In that position, FitzPatrick developed new first-run programs and oversaw current shows, including ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ ‘Judge Judy’ and ‘The Arsenio Hall Show.’ Her transition comes after the arrival of Hilary Estey McLoughlin, who was named CTD’s president of creative affairs last October."
The show has been cleared in more than 75% of the nation and is set to bow this fall.