“The creative team behind Judge Faith is some of the most experienced and talented in syndicated television. They have come together to create a judge show for the 21st century that audiences will love.”
Judge Faith is a nationally syndicated, arbitration based court show, debuting September 22nd, 2014. Faith Jenkins’ legal accomplishments began immediately as she graduated first in her law class from the prestigious Southern University. She quickly became a tough New York City prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and is currently a practicing attorney. She is also a preeminent legal analyst for the cable news channel MSNBC. Faith won the Miss Louisiana title in 2000, and finished as the first runner up in the Miss America pageant in 2001. With her diverse background, Faith is dedicated to uncovering the truth and providing fair and honest rulings in her courtroom.
The series is executive produced by Kathy Sapp & Hank Cohen, and directed by James Ditchfield.
Television veteran Kathy Sapp’s experience has lead her from the newsroom to the courtroom, most recently serving as the Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated court show, “Judge Alex”, which enjoyed a successful run for nine seasons. For the last 12 years, Kathy has been producing nationally syndicated court shows and television pilots for leading syndicator 20th Television (FOX). Kathy also has produced and worked on the development of Fremantle Media’s/TLC’s reality home-makeover series, “Property Ladder”. In addition, she produced LaToya Jackson for CBS Network’s primetime reality celebrity-cop show, “Armed & Famous” and joined the Oprah Winfrey Network, as one of the executive producers for the primetime show, “America’s Money Class with Suze Orman”.
Kathy’s many contributions to the television industry have not gone unnoticed. Most notably, she was honored with a Peabody Award for her work on CBS News’ Smithsonian Minutes. The Texas Southern University School of Communications also recognized her distinguished skills with the “Communications Alumni of the Year” award. Additionally, she is the recipient of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation’s “Women Improving the Nation Award.”
Kathy knows what audiences like in court TV and brings her diverse perspective to “Judge Faith”.
Before forming Trifecta in 2005, Hank Cohen served as President of MGM Television Entertainment Inc. overseeing all aspects of television including development, production and marketing for six years. Under his tenure, Hank was instrumental in securing ground breaking deals utilizing shared programming windows across many cable and syndication outlets. He grew the MGM Television brand through award-winning series, specials and made-for-television movies for network, cable and syndication, and launched MGM’s direct-to-video production unit with several successful films.
Hank was responsible for two of the most successful franchises in all of television – “Stargate SG-1” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
Hank is eager to bring his past experience and creative eye to the “Judge Faith” courtroom.
James Ditchfield is undoubtedly one of the most creative, innovative and experienced television directors to emerge from the UK. Recognizing his passion for multi-camera studio production, James soon moved into directing and quickly became an established freelance Studio Director, undertaking one of the biggest ever BBC television events – ‘2000 Today’. From there, he moved on to series, directing some of the UK’s largest, and most profitable, talk, quiz and reality shows of all time, including ‘Question Time’, ‘The Weakest Link’ and ‘Extreme Makeover UK’.
His considerable talents have been recognized and acknowledged industry-wide. He directed the Emmy Award winning show ‘Without Prejudice’, Royal Television Society award winning show ‘The Weakest Link’ and James was delighted to receive his own personal BAFTA nomination for the talk show ‘The Mag’.
James brings a unique and creative approach to “Judge Faith” and is thrilled to be a part of the team.