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1 Steven Brill & Court T.V. Jeff Briscoe April 7, 2007

2 Brill Inspired by JFK to become Inspired by JFK to become east coast elite east coast elite Deerfield Academy Deerfield Academy Yale Law School 1975 Yale Law School 1975 First publication at 28 First publication at 28

3 Tough Customer Brill is known for his tough personality. Brill is known for his tough personality. Grew up in Queens Grew up in Queens Is English your first language? Is English your first language? Responds to criticism for being both publisher and editor of the now defunct media magazine Custom with: Im a damn good editor. Responds to criticism for being both publisher and editor of the now defunct media magazine Custom with: Im a damn good editor.

4 A Law Media Mogul American Lawyer Media: Creates American Lawyer in 1979 Creates Courtroom Television Network in 1991 Creates Content in 1998

5 Cameras in the Courtroom Federal Courts experiment with allowing cameras in court Federal Courts experiment with allowing cameras in court. Cameras are allowed in district courts at judges discretion. Cameras are allowed in district courts at judges discretion. Steven Brill goes for it after jurors tell him they were hooked by the trial. Steven Brill goes for it after jurors tell him they were hooked by the trial.

6 Court TV First Airs July 1, 1991 First Airs July 1, 1991 Time Warner, Liberty Media and NBC Time Warner, Liberty Media and NBC Original format airs only courtroom footage and some commentary. Original format airs only courtroom footage and some commentary. Journalist are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good. Journalist are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good.

7 OJ Simpson Trial The nine-month, 1995 trial garners first real interest for the station. The nine-month, 1995 trial garners first real interest for the station. Jan. 26 the network scores a 4.2 rating, topping NBC and E!. Jan. 26 the network scores a 4.2 rating, topping NBC and E!.

8 Just Like MTV After NBC sells its share of the station in 1998, alternative programming hits Court T.V. After NBC sells its share of the station in 1998, alternative programming hits Court T.V. Cops Cops Forensic Files Forensic Files Hollywood Justice Hollywood Justice Nancy Grace Nancy Grace

9 Brill to the Future Leaves Court T.V. in 1997 with big bucks. Leaves Court T.V. in 1997 with big bucks. Creates Verified Identity Pass, a security system for airports to speed up traveler security checks. Creates Verified Identity Pass, a security system for airports to speed up traveler security checks. Writes for Newsweek and teaches at Yale. Writes for Newsweek and teaches at Yale.

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