DLT Entertainment Secures new BBC Show, MONSTER COURT

London: 13th May 2020: DLT Entertainment, the award-winning production and distribution company behind hit comedy My Family, has turned its attention to the children’s market, securing a commission from CBBC for a new children’s comedy series, Monster Court.

The 15 x 10-minute series is aimed at 6 – 12-year-olds and is centred around a monster puppet, the Rt Hon Judge Martin Smudge, who dishes out justice for children who send in their light hearted problems, such as embarrassing parents, boring teachers, bedtimes or being made to do things like eat vegetables or wear shoes. Children apply with their crimes and Judge Smudge delivers justice in the form of a monstrous punishment.

In response to production challenges related to COVID-19, Monster Court was developed specifically with social distancing safety measures in mind. Children from across the country present their ‘complaints’ from the safety of their own home to Judge Smudge via a video link. The whole production is set up so that cast and crew can work remotely, enabling the show to be produced in complete lockdown mode.

The small production team is lead by Executive Producers Donald Taffner, Jr. and DLT’s Creative Director, Darren Smith. Jack Cheshire is Series Producer and Rohan Acharya, Producer. Judge Smudge is operated/voiced by comedian Dan Clarkson (writer/performer of Olivier-nominated Potted Potter).

Production started at the beginning of September with episodes due to air from early 2021 on CBBC.

President of DLT Entertainment, Donald Taffner Jr. said; “Monster Court is great fun, and we couldn’t be happier that CBBC are just as taken with Judge Smudge and his humorous form of justice as we are. We were determined to make sure we could deliver a top quality and thoroughly entertaining comedy for kids, no matter the current COVID situation, and even if further lockdown measures were put in place. The show also marks a step in a new direction for DLT, where we can mix our expertise in the comedy sector with content for the children’s market. It’s a joy to add Monster Court to our portfolio.”

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Further information:
Natasha Roberts, on behalf of DLT Entertainment: natasha.roberts@premiercomms.com | +44 200 7292 5094
Charlie Wainwright, on behalf of DLT: charlie.wainwright@premiercomms.com | +44 020 7292 7372


About DLT Entertainment:
With headquarters in London and New York, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the US and in the UK where it owns London’s Shaftesbury Theatre.

Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Sr., the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. It has enjoyed terrific success in its fifty-six year history with legendary hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the multiple award-winning and BBC Trust praised sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition, DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, The Russ Abbot Show, Michel LeGrand and Friends, and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.

In 2018 DLT expanded its own production activities in the United Kingdom through the acquisition of Vera Productions whose past productions include Getting On, Million Pound Jewellers, Bremner, Bird, and Fortune, and numerous Dispatches such as President Trump’s Dirty Secrets and Politicians for Hire: Cashing in on Brexit.

This year, DLT started a podcasting division with programs from Matt Richardson & Matt Willis and Laura Lexx & Will Duggan

DLT is also a significant player in the artist management business with key investments in The Soho Agency, Milburn Browning Associates, Blue Book Artist Management, and The Galton Agency.

The Shaftesbury Theatre in London, where & Juliet will continue its West End run once social distancing measures are eased, is owned by DLT.

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