The Original Purpose Of Court TV
Henry Schleiff has been appointed president and CEO of Court TV, it was announced today by Richard Parsons, president of Time Warner Inc.
In making the announcement, Parsons said: "We and our partner Liberty Media Corporation are very pleased to bring aboard Henry Schleiff. Henry is a seasoned and thoughtful media executive who will bring a fresh perspective and new vitality to Court TV. We are committed to providing the necessary resources to move the channel forward. Under Henry's direction, the original mandate of Court TV to provide a window on the operation of the American jurisprudence system will be further strengthened and enhanced. We are very thankful to Thayer Bigelow, Dick Beahrs and the men and women of Court TV who've worked so hard to build the service and to deliver its unique brand of programming."
Robert Bennett, president of Liberty Media, said: "The partners are delighted with the appointment of Henry Schleiff. We expect that his energy and imagination will enhance the original format of Court TV and make it an even more distinctive service for its 33 million subscribers."
Henry Schleiff, president and CEO of Court TV, added: "I'm delighted to be joining Court TV at this very important stage in its development. I'm particularly excited to be part of a network whose mandate is to provide intelligent, lively and engaging programming about important and controversial legal issues. In today's environment, a greater understanding of the law is an increasingly vital part of finding answers to the problems that touch every level of our society. As it focuses on the American system of justice and its participants, Court TV will not only inform and entertain our viewers but also seek to provide a reminder of the goals and ideals that should inspire us all. Lastly, I firmly believe that the combination of Court TV's dedicated and talented staff, with the support and contributions from Time Warner and Liberty, will enable us both to grow the service in terms of subscribers and ratings and to achieve Court TV's potential as a unique and important voice in the cable industry."
Joseph Collins, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable, said: "We are pleased with the commitment that the partners have given to Court TV and look forward to continuing to distribute the revitalized service."
Leo J. Hindery, Jr., president of Tele-Communications, Inc., added: "We at TCI have always recognized the importance of Court TV to the cable industry and to society, and we intend to aggressively distribute this valuable service. Under Henry Schleiff's leadership, the channel will find additional wonderful ways to serve viewers."
Schleiff, whose appointment as president and CEO of Court TV is effective October 1, will report to a board that has been established to oversee Court TV. The board is comprised of Parsons, Bennett, and Terry McGuirk, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. As managing partner, Time Warner will have oversight responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the venture.
Prior to joining Court TV, Schleiff was executive vice president for Studios USA, where he oversaw the production of its various issue-related talk shows, including its newest entry, The Maury Povich Show. Previously, Schleiff served as the New York-based senior production executive for Studios USA's predecessor, Universal Television Group, which he joined in 1996. From 1987 to 1992, Schleiff was senior vice president of Viacom International Inc. and chairman and CEO of Viacom's Broadcast and Entertainment Groups. Before that, he had been senior vice president of Business Affairs and Administration for Home Box Office and head of HBO Enterprises from 1981 to 1987.
Schleiff received a B.A. degree (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and, in 1973, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review.
Court TV was launched in July 1991 and now reaches approximately 33 million subscribers.
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