There is a market for the drama of the courtroom. As it turns out, there may even be viewers interested in viewing live trials as they unfold. That was the bet that Dan Abrams was making when he created a website for this exact type of content. He made that website and grew the audience for it. Now, a big television network (A&E) is interesting in getting a piece of the action on that.
Abrams has been interested in resurrecting the concept of Court TV that existed in years past. That was part of his goal in creating the website that he did. However, he could not try to take this all on by himself. As such, the partnership with A&E is a huge step forward on his journey. He hopes that having the network take a stake in what he has created will help to bring his vision to a larger audience.
The Wall Street Journal says that neither Abrams nor A&E has made a public comment about the value of the deal. However, a source who was close to the situation says that the deal values the website at $15 million.
The website has been riding high on the success and interest in programs such as “Making a Murderer” to promote its content. It does show live trial footage from all around the country, but there are also original documentaries that one may stream on the site. Now, with the A&E deal going through, the availability of that content is probably about to skyrocket. They plan on incorporating it into the content that they already produce, and they hope to stream that content out to a bigger audience view television as well as connected devices like smartphones and tablets.
There are always trials of interest going on throughout the country at any point. Things like the OJ Simpson parole hearing, a “suicide text” trial, and others capture the attention of the broad public in general. When the trials are going on, people want to see what will happen to the heroes and villains of these stories. Real lives are literally at stake in some cases, and that is exactly what keeps so many of us interested for long periods of time.
It is great to know that this content will be available to more people via the deal with A&E. A greater variety of content available to a larger audience is always a good thing for the growth of knowledge and experiences in the general public.