Justice Network is an American digital multicast television network that is operated by Justice Network, LLC, a limited liability company , which is owned by Cooper Media. The network specializes in true crime , investigation and forensic science documentary programming aimed at adults – with a skew toward females – between the ages of 25 and 54.
The network, which broadcasts in 480i standard definition , is available in several large and mid-sized markets via digital subchannel affiliations with broadcast television stations, along with carriage of Justice Network-affiliated subchannels on cable television providers in most of its market coverage via existing carriage agreements for local broadcast stations.
The concept for the network was developed in 2013, when network founder Lonnie Cooper (a former executive at Bounce TV and chief executive officer of sports marketing firm CSE) had approached Steve Schiffman (who formerly served as president of National Geographic Channel) on a proposal for a new digital multicast network. Schiffman suggested to Cooper that the network should focus on crime - and investigation-related programming, an idea he suggested based on the popularity of the genre and the success of Investigation Discovery. Incidentally by that year, about half of the 50 highest-rated television programs as ranked by Nielsen were crime -related series .The formation of Justice Network was announced on November 10, 2014 , with the Gannett Company 's television station group tapped as its charter affiliates, which then reached onethird of the population . Besides featuring justice -oriented programming intended to entertain audiences, the network was also intent on taking an active role in combating crime by working with various law enforcement agencies to disseminate information about missingchildren and about fugitives accused of various felonies. Cooper assembled several top media executives to head the network at its launch with Schiffman as chief executive officer , Barry Wallach (former president of NBCUniversal Television Distribution) as head of distribution and John Ford (former president of Discovery Communications) as head of programming.The network launched at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 20, 2015 . On March 6, 2016 , the network premiered its own original programs co-produced with TwoFour Productions and Zodiak Productions.