‘Judge David Young’ and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Unleash ‘Thank Dog It’s Friday!’

CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Pictures Television’s Daytime Emmy(R) nominated show “Judge David Young” will launch a pet-friendly series of episodes called “Thank Dog It’s Friday!” starting Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. As part of the initiative, a pet-related case will air every Friday through Nov. 21, 2008 encouraging viewers to educate themselves on pet owners’ rights and responsibilities with the help of The Humane Society of the United States.

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Each “Thank Dog It’s Friday!” pet-related episode will include two segments that recognize Judge David Young as a proud supporter of the HSUS and will feature the HSUS logo. Judge David Young viewers will be directed to http://www.judgedavidyoung.com/ which will lead them to the HSUS website (http://humanesociety.org/judgedavidyoung) for pet-related information as well as exclusive insights from Judge Young. Other resources that will be available include information on how to adopt a pet, how to recognize puppy mills and helpful tips on pet care.

“Judge David Young has a history of working with The HSUS and on numerous animal rescue initiatives,” said Stephanie Shain, director of companion animal outreach for The HSUS. “We are thrilled to join him and the producers of ‘Judge David Young’ in educating the public about animal issues. With ‘Thank Dog It’s Friday!’ we’ll demonstrate that animals deserve justice, too.”

“Our partnership with The HSUS is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness of proper animal care on a national level,” said Rich Goldman, executive producer, Sony Pictures Television. “Animal protection and pet owners’ rights are great causes that Judge David Young holds close to his heart.”

The Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 14 and 21 episodes of “Judge David Young” will feature a variety of cases that will engage pet-lovers everywhere who will be able to relate to such situations as:

— A pit bull’s owner is sued for not fencing in his animal, which then attacks a goat;

— A dog owner sues a neighbor for letting the pet out without permission and the dog is hit by a car;

— A dog groomer is sued by a client claiming that negligence caused her animal to suffer;

— A woman sues for pain and suffering after a neighbor’s animal causes the death of her pet.

“As a long-serving board member of my local Miami-Dade Humane Society, I feel truly honored to be working with The HSUS,” said Judge Young. “I am passionate about proper treatment for animals and I’m sure that audiences will be able to see as much when they tune into the pet-centric episodes that we taped for ‘Thank Dog It’s Friday!'”

“Judge David Young” is in its second season and has received a Daytime Emmy(R) nomination. Judge Young is known for his sharp sense of humor, his compassion and his provocative sentencing. He lives in Miami, Fla. with his partner of 12 years, Judge Scott Bernstein, and their Cairn-poodle mix dog named, Maggie.

“Judge David Young” is cleared in more than 92 percent of the U.S., including 49 of the top 50 markets for the 2008-2009 season. The show is produced in New York City. For local airtimes or to find out how to have a case considered for “Judge David Young”, visit http://www.judgedavidyoung.com/. For audience tickets call 866-AUDIENCE (866-283-4362).

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE’s digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND’s high-definition channel Mojo and the Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com/) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the web at humanesociety.org.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Kahn of Sony Pictures Television, +1-646-230-5764,[email protected]; or Steve Spignese of Beck Media and Marketing,+1-310-689-7363, [email protected], for Sony Pictures Television; orMartin Montorfano of The HSUS, +1-301-258-3152, [email protected]

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