Judy Justice: The Woman behind the Iconic TV Court Show
There have been many iconic TV court shows throughout the years, but Judge Judy is one of the most well-known. What you may not know is that the show’s namesake and star, Judy Sheindlin, is not the only one behind its success. Randy Douthit has been an integral part of the show since its inception in 1996, serving as producer and director. He has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Judge Judy. Recently, however, there have been some changes behind-the-scenes as Sheindlin gears up to retire from the show in 2021. Douthit is moving on to new projects, but his legacy on Judge Judy will certainly be remembered.
Douthit started TV production as an associate producer on the game show the $25,000 Pyramid in 1974. He then produced many other popular shows throughout the years, including Family Feud, The Price is Right, and Match Game. In 1996, he was approached by Judge Judy creator Jay Abramson to produce and direct the new court show. Douthit quickly agreed, and the rest is history. Throughout his time on Judge Judy, Douthit has directed over 1800 episodes. He has also been responsible for some of its most iconic moments, such as the time Judge Judy ordered a defendant to be taken into custody for contempt of court. In addition to his Emmy Awards, Douthit has also won two Cable ACE Awards and four American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards.
Now that Sheindlin is retiring, Douthit is moving on to new projects. He has signed on as an executive producer for the new show Judy Justice, which was aired on IMDb TV in early 2021. The show will follow Sheindlin successor, a former prosecutor and family court judge who takes on tough cases in her courtroom.
Despite his retirement from Judge Judy, Douthit will still be very involved in the world of TV production. He has also signed on as an executive producer for Family Court with Judge Penny, set to air on CBS later that year. The show will feature real-life cases from family court and follow the rulings of Judge Penny Brown Reynolds. It’s safe to say that Randy Douthit has had a long and successful career in TV production, and his work on Judge Judy will always be remembered. We can’t wait to see what he does next!