Wednesday , Aug , 06 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Court TV to Explore the Case against Kobe Bryant

Catherine Crier Hosts the Unique Documentary and Talk Format Special to Premiere August 6, 2003 at 8 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 5, 2003–Court TV today announced that it will premiere an exclusive prime time special exploring the history and up-to-the-minute developments in the emotionally charged and controversial case against basketball star Kobe Bryant. In news that stunned Bryant’s colleagues and shocked the sports world, Bryant was accused early last month of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. Court TV will examine the conflicting claims and what the future may hold for Bryant as he and his lawyers prepare his defense. The Case Against Kobe Bryant: Court TV Investigates premieres Wednesday, August 6th at 8 PM (ET/PT) following Court TV’s live coverage of the Kobe Bryant hearing from the Eagle County courthouse in Colorado.

Hosted by Court TV’s Catherine Crier, Court TV Investigates focuses on high-profile investigations that are dominating the news. The unique documentary and talk format combines the in-depth reporting of Court TV’s award-winning prime time documentaries with the timeliness and insightful commentary of a talk show. (The inaugural Court TV Investigates aired on June 12th and explored the murder investigation of Laci Peterson and the pending trial of her husband Scott Peterson.)

The Case Against Kobe Bryant: Court TV Investigates will provide important context, background and analysis of the critical legal issues involved in the case, including the rights of the accused versus the accuser played against the backdrop of the testosterone-charged, often volatile environment of professional sports. Crier will later be joined by top experts from both the legal and sports arena, who will offer their insight into the issues.

“This is a fascinating and controversial case. Court TV Investigates brings the experience and thought provoking expertise we’ve developed in giving our audience the best insight into the investigations of these fascinating and controversial stories,” said Court TV chairman and CEO Henry Schleiff. “Since the public often gets their news these days only in short sound bites and disconnected video, Court TV wants to provide a more complete and intelligent analysis so that viewers can come away better informed.”

The documentary portion of The Case Against Kobe Bryant: Court TV Investigates is being produced by NBC News Productions for Court TV. NBC News has been at the forefront of the reporting on Bryant and the documentary will make use of the network’s extensive material on the case. Catherine Crier is the host of “Catherine Crier Live” and Executive Editor, Legal News Specials. Robin Sestero serves as executive producer of Court TV Investigates. Emily Barsh is the consulting executive producer. Ed Hersh is senior vice president of documentaries and specials for Court TV.

Court TV is the leader in the investigation genre, providing a window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming that both informs and entertains. Court TV telecasts trials by day and high-profile original programs like Forensic Files and popular off-network series like NYPD Blue in the evening. Court TV is 50% owned by AOL Time Warner, and 50% owned by Liberty Media Corp. The network is seen in almost 80 million homes. ( or AOL Keyword: Court TV).