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    Judge Joseph A. Wapner

    Press kit (media kit) to the Season Eleven (1992) of The People’s Court with Judge Joseph A. Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017).

    “The People’s Court is an American television court show in which small claims court cases are heard, though what is shown is actually a binding arbitration. The People’s Court (1981) was the first reality court show that did not use actors, but showed the actual cases with the actual parties involved. Prior to The People’s Court, popular TV courtroom shows such as Traffic Court (1957) and People’s Court of Small Claims (1959) only presented recreated or fictional cases (as did radio before that).

    Originally taped in Los Angeles, it first ran in syndication from September 14, 1981 to May 21, 1993 for 2,484 Ω-hour episodes, with reruns airing until September 9, 1994. Reruns later aired on the USA Network from October 16, 1995 to June 6, 1997. Currently taped in New York City, it has run in its present 1-hour format since September 8, 1997.

    When John Masterson devised the original camera-in-court concept in 1975, he first pitched it to Monty Hall, the producer and host of the game show, Let’s Make a Deal, and his partner, producer-writer Stefan Hatos, but the networks did not buy it. It was then pitched for the first run syndication market, and did sell. John Masterson, who many consider a pioneer and originator of “reality TV” also created “Bride and Groom” and “Breakfast In Hollywood”. The series was executive produced by Ralph Edwards, who also created and hosted the documentary show This Is Your Life, and Stu Billett, who later went on to create Moral Court.

    The judge from the show’s original 12 years was Joseph Wapner. Rusty Burrell was his bailiff, Jack Harrell was the announcer, and Doug Llewelyn was the host and court reporter, who would announce the matter of the dispute at the beginning of each “trial”. He would also interview the plaintiff and the defendant after the court ruling, to gauge their responses to the verdict. Llewelyn would often end each episode with a jaunty “Don’t take the law into your own hands: you take ’em to court.” which became something of a 1980s catch phrase. If a case ended with a verdict for the defendant, however, Llewelyn would end the episode by saying, “If someone files a lawsuit against you and you’re convinced you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t be intimidated. The best policy is to go to court and stand up for your rights.” ~

    Kit Includes The Following:

    1. “The People’s Court — Forever Fresh, Forever Popular!” (4 Pages)
    2. “Don’t Call Them, They’ll Call You” (1 Page)
    3. Credits (1 Page)
    4. Judge Joseph A. Wapner – Biography (4 Pages)
    5. Doug Llewelyn – Biography (4 Pages)
    6. Bailiff Rusty Burrell – Biography (3 Pages)
    7. Ralph Edwards (Executive Producer) – Biography (4 Pages)
    8. Stu Billett (Executive Producer) – Biography (3 Pages)
    9. Timothy Regler (Director) – Biography (3 Pages)
    10. Tony Garofalo (Producer) – Biography (5 Pages)
    11. 10 – 8″ x 10″ Gray Scale Photograph
    2 – Group Shot
    2 – Judge Joseph A. Wapner
    1 – Doug Llewelyn
    1 – Rusty Burrell
    4 – “On-Set”

    Kit is in Very Good Condition and comes in a folder with The People’s Court logo on the cover.

    Press Kits are only handed out to press outlets such as newspapers and TV columnists. They are very limited in numbers and rare to find in the mainstream.

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