Some of the best-known executives in the TV business have joined together with media company Gannett to launch a new multicast network in January.
It’s called the Justice Network, and in a press release it calls itself “a free over-the-air multicast network with carriage on MSOs, featuring gripping stories of true crime and aiming to make communities safer by empowering viewers to take action.”
Among its all-star start-up team is Barry Wallach, the former longtime president of NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, who will be in charge of distribution of the new network.
John Ford, the longtime Discovery veteran — and former president of the Discovery Channel — will be in charge of programming at the network.
Steve Schiffman, the ex-president of the National Geographic Channels — who was also its marketing guru for years before that — is onboard at Justice as CEO.
Justice founder Lonnie Cooper and Wendy Brown are also part of Justice’s senior leadership team.
According to the announcement, “The Justice Network will be partnering with Gannett Broadcasting to launch the network in approximately one-third of the country beginning January 2015. Gannett Broadcasting will make Justice Network’s television content available in virtually all of the markets in their U.S. footprint. …
“Justice Network programming will include series such as ‘Body of Evidence,’ ‘Masterminds,’ ‘The Investigators,’ ‘Psychic Detectives,’ ‘I, Detective,’ ‘LA Forensics,’ ‘Missing Persons Unit,’ ‘Murder by the Book,’ ‘Parco P.I.,’ ‘Locked Up Abroad,’ ‘Alaska State Troopers,’ ‘Extreme Evidence,’ ‘North Mission Road,’ ‘Haunting Evidence,’ ‘Over the Limit’ and ‘Dominick Dunne’s Power Privilege and Justice.’”
The website address for the Justice Network is http://www.justicenetworktv.com.