Judge Judy’s New Contract Extends Through 2020 Season, Gives Her More Power
Judge Judy Sheindlin has agreed to a new contract extension with CBS TV Distribution. She will continue to host her top-rated “Judge Judy” TV series through the 2019-20 season.
The new deal adds an additional three seasons to the judge’s popular reality TV court show. Her contract was set to expire after the 2015-2017 cycle.
Judge Judy is already earning $47 million per year, and that salary is unlikely to be lessened with her new contract. Variety also reports that under the contract, Judge Judy will receive a “first-look production component for her Queen Bee Productions.” Her own production house recently launched the successful court show ‘Hot Bench.”
In a statement Sheindlin said, “I’m thrilled to be working with my CBS family for five more years, and very excited about this new adventure in production… I loved the experience of creating and developing ‘Hot Bench’ and look forward to replicating its success with more new, compelling and smart TV.”
CBS really can’t afford to lose Judge Judy. The show is the no. 1 first-run syndicated TV series with an estimated 10.3 million viewers every week.
“We could not be more excited to continue our longtime relationship with Judy,” said CBS Global Distribution Group president Armando Nunez. “She is a true television icon, who entertains and inspires millions of fans each day. We look forward to continuing to provide our station partners with her highly successful show and to working with her to create the next generation of hits.”
With her legal background Judge Judy negotiates her own contract and operates without managers or talent agents, which means she keeps all or most of the money she negotiates.