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Published: Tue, April 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Judge Judy’ gets 2-year TV deal

NEW YORK

Judge Judy is increasing her television sentence by two years.

Judy Sheindlin and CBS Television Distribution said Monday that the feisty former New York state judge has signed on for two more years of “Judge Judy.” It is one of the top daytime TV shows, seen by roughly 10 million people each episode.

Her current contract runs through 2015, and the new deal extends her through 2017. That would give her 21 years on the air, which she compared Monday to a winning hand in blackjack. Sheindlin, who is 70, gave no indication that she has plans to retire.

A spokesman had no comment on whether Sheindlin will be getting a raise from her reported $45 million annual salary.

Geffen donates $25M for museum

LOS ANGELES

Music and movie mogul David Geffen has kicked in $25 million for a film museum planned by Academy Awards overseers.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the David Geffen Foundation made the donation for the museum scheduled to open in 2017 next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

It’s the largest contribution yet in the academy’s $300 million fund drive for the museum.

In recognition, the academy is naming a theater at the facility after Geffen.

Record company executive Geffen founded DreamWorks Pictures with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Geffen says the museum will provide a permanent home for the academy’s tradition of “honoring the shining stars of the cinematic arts.”

Wire reports


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