MGM Television is taking its syndicated “Paternity Court” show from television to podcasting as the studio has teamed up with Audio Up to create a podcast that gives host Lauren Lake a new outlet. The expansion into podcasting is part of what is said to be an expanding alliance between Lake and MGM that will include her developing unscripted TV shows and a slate of podcasts.
The two companies say the first podcast tied to “Paternity Court” will feature highlights from the TV show’s “most popular, shocking and provocative cases” in the series. The podcast’s first season will include 20 episodes.
In a statement to Deadline, Barry Poznick, MGM’s President of Unscripted & Alternative Television and Orion Television, said “Paternity Court” has “the prefix mix” of “juicy drama, shocking secrets and relationship advice” that they expect will translate well to the audio format. “Lauren Lake has proven to be one of the most entertaining, outspoken, honest and in-your-face voices on TV and we are excited to bring her special brand of justice to podcast audiences,” added Poznick.
Audio Up is the podcast studio startup formed by audio creative agency Jungle Punks CEO Jared Gutstadt, which secured a “significant investment” from MGM in May. That led to a series of hires last month.
Lake is a former professional singer turned criminal defense and family attorney, and as Deadline notes, she’s not entirely new to the audio medium since she frequently appears on radio shows to discuss high-profile cases. The Emmy-winning “Paternity Court” has run seven seasons so far and that will give the podcast producers plenty of shows to mine for content.
“Paternity Court works as both visual and audio content,” Gutstadt said in a statement. “We are excited to bring this entire catalog forward for podcast listeners. Brands will want to be part of this too. It is a trusted media property with a huge reach, and the content is evergreen.”
Paternity Court is the second podcast created by MGM and Audio Up. Last month they debuted Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, a show in which the television game show was reborn as a podcast.