“Judge Jeanine Pirro” is a fast-paced one-hour daily court program featuring Jeanine Pirro, former District Attorney and County Court Judge of Westchester County, New York; highly respected legal commentator and author; and renowned champion of the underdog. The show airs nationally Mondays through Fridays (3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET/PT) on The CW Network.
Jeanine Pirro brings her direct, no-nonsense attitude and compassionate approach to a myriad of cases, ranging from typical small claims to more emotionally charged family court matters, including domestic violence, couples in crisis, deadbeat dads, and out-of-control teens. She also brings her credibility, expertise, and extensive courtroom experience to criminal cases that will inform, inspire, and entertain viewers from all walks of life. With the goal of helping people resolve their differences, Pirro will bring her relatable, sympathetic, passionate and often humorous approach to the courtroom to enlighten the litigants and home viewers and help them better understand issues that are relevant to their everyday lives.
“Judge Jeanine Pirro” reflects many of the themes of Pirro's own political and legal career, in which she tenaciously fought for a level playing field for women, children, and the disenfranchised. After being elected Westchester County's first female County Court Judge in 1990 and Westchester's first female District Attorney in 1993, Pirro tried some of the toughest cases in the country, and enacted groundbreaking laws to protect women and children. From successfully starting the first domestic violence unit in the nation to becoming a highly sought-after legal commentator on the biggest news stories to grip the nation - starting with the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1994 - Pirro has used her insight, education and professional
experience to make a difference. A true social activist, she now broadens her reach as she tackles issues affecting families and individuals across the country, in an effort to improve their lives.
Viewers will go behind the scenes into the judge's chambers, where Pirro counsels the litigants. And in the special feature “Pirro's Principles,” she offers insights about the law and brings relevance and topicality to the show by citing current legal cases in the news. Fans of “Judge Jeanine Pirro” can escape their daily routine and take away an uplifting message of fairness for all, as Jeanine Pirro demonstrates daily how her life experience informs her passionate, personal interest in every case she judges.
“Judge Jeanine Pirro” is produced by Telepictures Productions and originates from Chicago.
“Judge Jeanine Pirro” is a one-hour daily court program featuring Jeanine Pirro, former District Attorney and County Court Judge of Westchester County, New York; highly respected legal commentator and author; and champion of women's rights.
ORIGINATION: NBC Tower, Chicago, Illinois
FORMAT: One-hour, reality-based court show
JUDGE: Judge Jeanine Pirro
PRODUCED BY: AND Syndicated Productions and Telepictures
DISTRIBUTED BY: Warner Bros. Domestic Television
EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT: Judge Greg Mathis
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bo Banks
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jill Olsen
PRESIDENT: Hilary Estey McLoughlin
PROGRAMMING AND DEVELOPMENT: David McGuire
DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING: Leigh Collier
VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLICITY: Laura Mandel
UNIT PUBLICIST: Dan Klores Communications
Jeanine Pirro is a highly respected former District Attorney and County Court Judge, elected politician, sought-after legal commentator, author, champion of women's rights, and mother of two. She now brings her many years of professional and life experience to the daytime television court genre.
Born in the small upstate New York farming town of Elmira in 1951, Pirro (n�e Ferris) is one of New York's most acclaimed politicians. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in three years, earned a B.A. from the University of Buffalo, Magna Cum Laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, where she was on law review. Pirro became an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County in 1975, and in 1990, she became the first female judge to sit on the county court bench.
In 1993, Pirro was elected District Attorney of Westchester County, once again setting precedent as the first female to hold that position. She was re-elected in 1997 and again in 2001. Prosecuting murder, rape, domestic violence, and other important cases, with a 100% conviction rate, Pirro received considerable recognition for her work as a leading advocate for victims of domestic violence, enacting game-changing laws. With an innovative approach to crimes committed on the Internet, Pirro began one of the first Internet pedophile sting operations in the nation. Pirro also gained national visibility, appearing on television programs such as “Larry King Live” and “Nightline.” In 1997, People magazine named her as one of its 50 Most Beautiful People.
In 2006, Pirro's career was catapulted to a new level when she was chosen as the Republican Party's candidate for New York State Attorney General.
Recently, Pirro has been a legal analyst and judicial commentator to “The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet” and a news analyst on FOX News, and she has made numerous appearances as a legal analyst on CNN and on such shows as “Today,” “Good Morning America, “The Early Show” and “60 Minutes.” As a constant presence in the courtroom, politics, and television, Pirro now brings her considerable life experience and no-nonsense yet compassionate voice to her viewers each day.
JEANINE PIRRO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1975 - Began career in public service as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County and ran Victim Witness Unit
Headed one of the first domestic violence units in a prosecutor's office, one of only four in the nation
First female to prosecute a murder trial case in the history of the Westchester County District Attorney's Office
- 100% conviction rate for murder rape and violent felonies
1990 - Became the first woman elected to the Westchester County Court bench
1992 - Received the highest rating from The Independent Fund for Modern Courts
Appointed by Governors Carey, Cuomo and Pataki to work on domestic violence legislation
1993 - Elected first female District Attorney in Westchester County
1996 - Appointed by Governor Pataki to chair the Commission on Domestic Violence
Started one of the first Internet pedophile sting operations in the nation
1997 - Re-elected District Attorney by the second highest percentage in modern Westchester
1997 - Established the Bias Crimes Unit to investigate and prosecute hate crimes in
1998 - Opened the Westchester Intelligence Center High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency
(HIDTA), the information hub of law enforcement intelligence in the New York City region which served as the nexus for the New York City Police Department when its center was disabled by the attack on the World Trade Center
1999 - On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, gathered testimony of Serbian war crimes from Kosovar refugees
1999 - Became the first woman to serve as President of the New York State District Attorneys Association
1999 - Testified in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on hate crimes
2001 - Elected to third term as Westchester County District Attorney
2002 - With Westchester school superintendents, formed Westchester County Advisory
Council on Underage Drinking, resulting in a nearly 50% drop in the number of alcohol merchants willing to sell alcohol to minors
2004 - Testified before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security of the House of Representatives on the Private Security Office Employment Authorization Act
2004 - Wrote the acclaimed book To Punish and Protect: Against a System That Coddles
Criminals" (Simon & Schuster)
Created new specialized units to investigate and prosecute crimes involving hate and bias, elder abuse, domestic abuse, environmental crime, youth and gang violence, sex crimes, animal abuse, child abuse, and pedophiles on the Internet, helping more than 30,000 victims
Brought more than 100 pedophiles and child pornographers to justice, a 100% conviction rate
As the chief law enforcement officer in a county of nearly one million people served by 45 different law enforcement agencies, headed staff of 118 Assistant District Attorneys, 38 criminal investigators and 80 support personnel
During her first ten years as District Attorney, reduced violent crime in Westchester by 30%
Centralized support systems for crime victims by opening a Victims Justice Center in the county courthouse
Spurred aggressive recruitment of women and minorities, with the District Attorney's office then employing over 118 Assistant District Attorneys as diverse and multi-lingual as the population they serve
Created high-technology crimes unit conducting undercover Internet pedophile and child pornographer stings and serving as a model for other local, state and federal initiatives
Written numerous articles and editorials in such publications as the New York Post, the New York Law Journal, Jungle Law and Urban Law Journal
Provided expert legal analysis on CNN, Court TV, and FOX News Channel, along with national news programs such as “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS Early Show,” “60 Minutes,” “Primetime,” “Dateline” and “48 Hours”
As a courtroom prosecutor trying major felony cases for 12 years, had a 100% conviction rate and supervised over 420,000 cases as District Attorney
As an Assistant District Attorney, created and headed the innovative Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Bureau, which served as a model for other District Attorneys' offices
Established innovative outreach programs, including Watchful Eye, Operation Safe Smiles, Pro-Law, Community Justice, Operation Teen Proof, the Community Crime Prevention Bureau, and Clear Choices
Lobbied and helped draft hate crimes legislation for New York
Received numerous awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, the New York State Lifetime Visionary Award, and the Ellis Island Award, along with honors from the Black Republican Council, the Charles Campbell Committee for Justice, Distinguished Women in Law Enforcement, Albany Law School of Union University's Kate Stoneman Award and many others
Forged successful partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to better combat organized crime, narcotics trafficking and car theft rings operating in and around Westchester
Established the Community Crime Prevention Bureau, which offered interactive programs throughout schools in Westchester
Served on dozens of committees for the Westchester County Bar Association, the Westchester Women's Bar Association, and the American Bar Association
Faculty member of the Westchester Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions; Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York; the National College of District Attorneys; Mercy College, White Plains, New York; and the Municipal Police Training Course in Westchester County
Profiled in several magazines, including The New Yorker, New York Magazine, New York Times Magazine, and Redbook
Received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Buffalo, graduating Phi Beta Kappa
Received her J.D. from Albany Law School, Union University, where she was an editor of the Albany Law Review
Bo Banks is currently executive producer of “Judge Jeanine Pirro.” Banks has been the executive producer of “Judge Mathis” since 2002. In her previous position as Vice President, Programming, Telepictures Productions, Banks served as the programming executive on “Judge Mathis,” as well as on the relationship series “Change of Heart” and the talk show “Queen Latifah.” Before joining Telepictures, she served as a supervising producer on “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown,” a coordinating producer on “Leeza,” and a line producer on “Vibe.” Prior to these posts, she was the executive in charge of production on Telepictures Productions' “Jenny Jones” for six years.
Jill Olsen is currently co-executive producer of “Judge Jeanine Pirro.” Prior to this post, Olsen was Director of Finance and Production Management for Telepictures Productions for the past year. Olsen began her career at Telepictures Productions, where she started as a production accountant and then became an accounting supervisor and director of production, before holding the title of executive in charge of production for “Judge Mathis,” where she was responsible for all financial, physical production and administrative aspects of the assigned production. Olsen holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California in Communications Arts and Sciences and resides with her family in Los Angeles and Chicago.
(President, Telepictures Productions)
Hilary Estey McLoughlin was promoted to President, Telepictures Productions in August 2006. In that role, she now oversees the company that she has helped build into one of the industry's top producers of first-run syndicated programming.
Telepictures Productions has concentrated on the development and production of programming for the first-run syndication marketplace since its inception more than a decade ago. In November 2005, Telepictures and AOL launched a first-of-its-kind, 24/7 on-demand entertainment news network, TMZ.com, which quickly became the number one entertainment news website in the world. As an innovative multiplatform extension of the TMZ.com brand, a new daily, half-hour television series, “TMZ,” launched in fall 2007 and continues to rank number one among syndication's newcomers in the 2007-08 season.
With the success of TMZ.com, Telepictures has established itself as a leader in the digital space. The company is focused on expanding in the broadband and wireless content landscape, including MomLogic.com, a new online destination and cross-platform advertising network created as the ultimate lifestyle and parenting community for women with children.
For the 2008-09 season, Telepictures, an industry-leading and Emmy� Award-winning producer of syndicated programming (having garnered 54 Emmys� in 12 years), is producing seven nationally syndicated strips. Telepictures will produce “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” a new syndicated program that is a winning combination of best of the classic talk format, heartfelt human-interest stories, and invaluable takeaway that real women can use in their everyday lives. The slate also includes the sixth season of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” winner of four consecutive Daytime Emmy� Awards for Outstanding Talk Show and four for Outstanding Talk Show Host; the second season of “TMZ,” the half-hour series that brings the TMZ.com brand to television, expanding upon the website's mission as a 24-hour-per day, seven-day-per week entertainment news destination providing a fresh, unfiltered look at celebrities and their real lives; the fourth season of the Emmy� Award-winning “The Tyra Banks Show,” a one-hour, daily talk show serving as a young woman's guide to life, hosted by Tyra Banks; the tenth season of the hour-long court series “Judge Mathis”; the 12th season of “The People's Court”; and the 15th season of the pop-culture newsmagazine “Extra.” In addition, Telepictures will produce “Judge Jeanine Pirro,” a one-hour daily court program, which will air at 3:00 p.m. on The CW Network, featuring Jeanine Pirro - former Westchester County, New York, District Attorney and county judge, highly respected legal commentator and author, and champion of women's rights.
Before being named to her current position, Estey McLoughlin had served as Executive Vice President & General Manager, Telepictures Productions, since July 2002, and was responsible for day-to-day operations. Before that, she served three years as Senior Vice President, Programming & Development, where she was responsible for expanding the company's development and production activities in New York. Some of the series she was involved in launching included “The Rosie O'Donnell Show,” “Queen Latifah” and “Change of Heart.”
Estey McLoughlin has also served as Vice President, Programming, Telepictures Productions, following 18 months as an executive producer of “The Rosie O'Donnell Show,” where she worked alongside Rosie O'Donnell, winning the 1998 and 1999 Daytime Emmy� Awards for Outstanding Talk Show.
Preceding her move to executive producer, Estey McLoughlin was Vice President, Development, for Telepictures Productions, where she was integral in the development, launch and day-to-day production of “The Rosie O'Donnell Show.” While in this post, she also supervised the company's other on-air series and program development for first-run syndication, cable and network daytime programming, and was actively involved in all facets of the creative process from initial pitch through development and on to production.
In addition to “The Rosie O'Donnell Show” and “Queen Latifah,” Estey McLoughlin was involved in developing and launching such series as “Jenny Jones,” “Street Smarts,” “Celebrity Justice,” “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” “Change of Heart” and HBO's “Taxicab Confessions.”
In 1984, Estey McLoughlin began her career as a Research Analyst for Seltel, Inc. She joined the Lorimar-Telepictures Research department in 1986, holding various titles, including Senior Research Analyst, Manager and Director of Research. She was named Director, Development, Telepictures Productions in 1989 and was promoted to Vice President, Development, in 1992. Estey McLoughlin is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcasting and Film, and she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.