Judge Marian Shelton inks talent deal

A. Smith & Co. Prods. eyeing syndicated court series

A. Smith & Co. Prods. has inked a talent deal with New York-based Judge Marian Shelton to produce a court show targeted for syndication.

"Tough Justice With Judge Marian Shelton," which is being pitched to syndicators, will focus on civil, family and relationship disputes.

Shelton was appointed to family court by New York's then-mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, in 1998 and has handled more than 40,000 cases with only a handful of appellate reversals. A. Smith said that in 2006, her outspokenness led to a two-year dispute with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.