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Sony’s Judge Karen to Bang Gavel in 72% of U.S.

Sony cleared new court series Judge Karen in 72% of the country, including 13 of the top 15 markets, said John Weiser, the company’s president of distribution.

Stations that have picked up the show include Sinclair Broadcast Group’s WBFF/WNUV Baltimore; WLFL/WRDC Raleigh, N.C.; WCGV/WVTV Milwaukee; KVCW/KVMY Las Vegas; and several others in their group. Raycom Media also acquired the show for WOIO/WUAB Cleveland and WXIX Cincinnati. Meredith Broadcast Group purchased it for KSMO in Kansas City. And Media General opted in for WSPA/WYCW Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

Karen Mills-Francis hails from Miami, where she has defended kids in juvenile court and tried more than 100 cases as an attorney in private practice.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.