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Twentieth Television to Develop ‘Judge Alex’ for 2005, ‘Divorce Court’ Renewed

Nov 16, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television is developing a new first-run half-hour court show strip, “Judge Alex,” hosted by Florida Circuit Court Judge Alex Ferrer, for fall 2005. The announcement was made Tuesday by Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television.

The program will be executive produced by Burt Wheeler and Sharon Sussman.

Mr. Ferrer currently serves as a judge in the Criminal and Family Divisions of Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, which services Miami-Dade County and is the fourth largest trial court in the United States. He was appointed judge in 1995 at the age of 34, making him the youngest Circuit Court judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Before his judicial appointment, Mr. Ferrer practiced law in Miami, focusing on civil litigation. Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Ferrer fled with his family from Fidel Castro’s regime to the United States when he was 1 year old. At 19 he joined the Coral Gables Police Department. Mr. Ferrer worked full-time as a police officer while attending college and law school.

Twentieth Television also disclosed Tuesday it was renewing court show strip “Divorce Court” for its seventh season. Featuring trial attorney and mediator Mablean Ephriam, “Divorce Court” has been renewed in 64 markets, representing 65 percent of the country, for the 2005-06 season.

Executive produced by Laura Gelles and co-executive produced by Alex Williamson, “Divorce Court” is produced by Monet Lane Productions in association with Twentieth Television.