Netflix Has a Stranger Things, but Needs Its Own Criminal Minds – IGN – IGN

Talk to any Netflix executive, and they’ll likely boast about the popularity of Stranger Things or Bridgerton. What’s less likely to come up in conversation is how many hours of Criminal Minds subscribers are watching.Week after week, the same ViacomCBS titles appear on Nielsen’s most watched streaming lists, often making up 40 to 50% of the most watched acquired series on Netflix. Even recognizing there are limitations to Nielsen data (it only measures the United States, not every streaming service is included at this time, and it still doesn’t count mobile viewing), the overarching story is one that speaks to the importance of “syndicated programming” even now.

Streaming is a balancing act. Ordering and acquiring series ideally accomplishes two tasks: bring customers in (acquisition) and keep them from canceling (retention). When companies like Netflix are trying to bring new customers in, having big splashy original titles (Stranger Things, The Witcher, Extraction) is key. When trying to convince customers not to leave, having “snackable TV” is key. This is long-running series like Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds — shows that hit syndication levels.

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NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia, and Disney (with ABC and Fox) have a key advantage in this situation. Their catalogs span decades, and they can license those series or films to companies that need more programming like Netflix. Up until about 2015, this worked for everyone. Netflix borrowed content while the media companies earned additional revenue through licensing.

Then, everything changed. Media companies like Disney, WarnerMedia, ViacomCBS, and NBCUniversal decided to develop their own streaming services, pulling some of the most popular programming from Netflix — Friends, The Office — in the process. Executives started asking why Netflix got to build a mammoth streaming service while using their own titles.

Soon, their question became “can we use our own series alongside new shows and films to build our own streaming services?” They thought so. That’s why Paramount+, Discovery+, Peacock, HBO Max, and a dozen others exist. In return, Netflix executives started throwing money at developing their own original series and films, doubling and then tripling original content spend (potentially reaching north of $18 billion in 2021) to try and keep customers coming back to Netflix night after night.

All of which leads us to Nielsen’s ongoing reports and the lesson about “syndicated” titles in a streaming-first moment. More than half of the most watched programming this week on streaming services that Nielsen tracks came from ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, or Disney, but streamed on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Coming 2 America, Schitt’s Creek, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Good Girls, and NCIS are all present in the top 10. Coming 2 America alone generated more than 1.4 billion minutes of watch time (about 13 million streams).

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Trying to break down actual viewership per episode of each series through Nielsen data is tricky. Since Nielsen tracks total viewing time, it’s impossible to see if 18 million viewers watched an episode of Criminal Minds or if tens of thousands of people are marathoning the show. It’s also why films typically don’t show up as often. Movies usually have less total viewing time than a TV series.

Instead, we can look at the recurring titles and start to examine what Netflix needs. Netflix knows how to make hits, but it doesn’t yet have a 100-episode plus series that people want to throw on again and again. Netflix has no problem getting people in the door, but even top performers aren’t necessarily leading to multiple rewatches — and having a library of shows or films with multiple viewings potential requires a pretty big library.

“I know they’re going down the original route, and I know that they believe they can do it that way, but the problem is that their hit rate needs to be a lot higher,” Kasey Moore, owner of What’s On Netflix, told IGN. “Even with HBO shows…not every single HBO show is a hit right, so leaning on a back catalogue is very, very useful.”

Creating these types of shows — series that run longer than five seasons and people constantly return to — is difficult. Everyone wants to do it; everyone is trying to do it. To hit “syndication levels,” shows need time to breathe. In traditional television entertainment, if a show was popular and hit the 85-100 episode mark, it could then be syndicated elsewhere. Not only did this bring in additional revenue for the networks, but it notably helped boost the interest in shows still on the air. When The Big Bang Theory started its syndication rotation, the series’ sixth season saw an increase in viewership because people discovered the show.

Netflix has a handful of shows with more than four or five seasons. But of those, there aren’t many that fans are constantly revisiting. The Ranch ran for eight seasons, but people aren’t referencing it often like the internet does with New Girl or The Simpsons. This is where time to breathe is crucial. If Netflix can make people’s favorite show, as co-CEO Ted Sarandos has told analysts he wants to, then people will return again and again. The only way for Netflix to develop the next generation’s favorite comedy or procedural is through time and patience: find the golden egg in a new procedural or comedy, let it run, and build a new library with shows that people love just as much as The Office and Criminal Minds.

It’s already happening. This week’s Nielsen data also found that Longmire and Orange is the New Black popped back into the top 10 most watched original series. Both shows ended years ago, and neither has seen any notable action on social media that hints at spikes in viewership. Subscribers could be revisiting or deciding to watch the shows for the first time, which is a good sign for Netflix. Something like The Witcher or Shadow and Bone might bring in new subscribers right now, but Netflix is also beginning to build up a library of titles that people return to. This is integral as subscriber growth in the US slows, and Netflix transitions to figuring out how to keep current subscribers happy.

For all the hubbub about Netflix canceling too many shows, the company isn’t actually canceling more series than its competitors. Netflix orders more, and therefore it appears like a higher volume of series are canned after one season. More than two-thirds of series with two seasons are renewed according to content head Bela Bajaria. The company also doesn’t participate in antiquated television practices like pilot season; networks cancel quite a few shows too, but they do so a couple of episodes in.

Executives now have to determine what they’re missing — and what their audience is seeking out. Not having a breakout procedural like Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, or NCIS, for example, is one area that Netflix can invest in. This is especially true for its US audience. Teams at Netflix are prioritizing global expansion and distribution (considering that the US makes up a smaller portion of Netflix’s total subscriber base and international shows can travel well this makes sense), but focus domestically needs to pivot to building shows that people come back to again and again. It’s not spending less, but spending better.

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The other side of this equation is what it means for ViacomCBS. If Criminal Minds, NCIS, Avatar: The Last Airbender, iCarly, and others are so popular, why aren’t they on Paramount+ exclusively? If ViacomCBS had a rough idea of when Paramount+ was going to launch, why didn’t they save Coming 2 America as a launch title instead of licensing it to Amazon?

ViacomCBS’ strategy is peculiar to say the least. Everything is seemingly up in the air. Moore of New on Netflix refers to the company’s current theory behind its Netflix partnership as generating “teasers” for customers. For example, only two seasons of iCarly are on Netflix. The other seasons — and the upcoming new iCarly series — will stream exclusively on Paramount+. ViacomCBS is betting that if people will want to watch the entire series badly enough they’ll sign up for Paramount+ and watch on a new platform instead of relying on Netflix for only part of the show.

The problem with this theory is it suggests people will go through the frustrating trouble of signing up for another streaming service to finish watching a show. Paramount+ has a terrific library, but if people are getting what they want and then some out of Netflix, there’s no real reason to sign up for Paramount+. Netflix is muscle memory. People don’t think about opening the app, they just do. There’s something always on Netflix. Paramount+ is new, but it also hasn’t given anyone a reason beyond nostalgia to sign up for yet another platform.

CEO Bob Bakish has repeatedly told analysts and investors that part of the company’s strategy is to license out series on a non-exclusive basis to bring in additional revenue. This will help cover the costs of getting a streaming service up and running — alongside allocating more shows and films for Paramount+ exclusively in years to come. As ViacomCBS continues to use this strategy, however, Netflix executives have time to develop and find their own hits, often looking at what’s working for competitors and developing a version for their subscribers.

Ultimately, ViacomCBS is going to be in the same position as NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia. Executives will have to decide whether or not to lean into licensing popular series in full for a higher fee and earning reliable revenue that way or testing exclusivity waters. The only way to get people to sign up for streaming services is to make it an undeniable need. That’s hard to do when a number of series are also available on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. ViacomCBS has to prove why Paramount+ is necessary; its series right now are simply helping Netflix subscribers make the easy decision to renew their subscription month after month.

Julia Alexander is IGN’s top streaming editor. Have a story tip? DM her on Twitter @loudmouthjulia or request her Signal number by emailing

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Meet 13 women who left Big Law to launch their own legal tech startups

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Alma Asay – Allegory Law

Company: Allegory Law

Founded: 2012

What it does: Litigation case management system

A litigator at Gibson Dunn for six and a half years, Alma Asay grew frustrated with working out of disparate shared drives and Word documents. So in 2012, she left her legal practice and hired a team of engineers to build out Allegory, a litigation case management system that connects the people, documents, and data needed for a case.

Making the jump from practicing as a lawyer to founding her own startup was a “brutal” experience. “It’s like another world,” said Asay. “I think every tax or fee we owed for doing business in a different state or a different way, I first learned about through a notice saying that we’d registered something or were overdue on some payments that I didn’t know we had to make. Everything was something that we learned the hard way.” 

Asay also had to learn the ins and outs of corporate law — from board formation to HIPAA compliance — in a marked departure from her background in litigation.

The challenges paid off: Allegory raised $1.5 million in total funding, attracting clients from Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 firms to litigation boutiques. In 2017, Allegory was snapped up by Integreon, a legal services provider, making Asay the first female founder to have her legal tech business acquired.

Asay said the decision to sell Allegory came at a time when she felt ready to step back from running her own company.

“Honestly, I stumbled into entrepreneurship. I didn’t have some grand plan,” said Asay. “People think that starting a startup, you get to do all the things that you want to do. And it’s the exact opposite. I’d never felt more handcuffed in my life — and I loved what we were doing.”

Asay eventually found the freedom she sought when she joined Litera Microsystems, a legal workflow software company, in March 2020. Litera acquired Allegory in August, though Asay said she wasn’t involved in the move.

Haley Altman – Doxly

Company: Doxly

Founded: 2016

What it does: Transactions management platform

Haley Altman spent ten years as a transactions lawyer at Wilson Sonsini and Ice Miller before she left the practice of law to start her own company. One of the major pain points she’d noticed was all the paper involved in a deal, folders of which would snake down her desk and windowsill.

The problem came to a head when, at 2 a.m. one night near a critical closing date, Altman noticed that a client signature page was missing — it hadn’t been included in the checklist. Though she was able to quickly resolve the issue, she said the moment stuck with her.

“This was not an unusual occurrence,” Altman said. “I thought, gosh, we have to be able to do this differently. There’s gotta be a way to model this checklist where everyone can see and we can figure it out.”

Altman looked for solutions to this problem, but couldn’t find anything in the market. When she made partner at Ice Miller in January 2015, Altman decided to take a risk and told the firm she wanted to design a product that would manage transactions.

With the firm’s support, Altman developed and launched Doxly in partnership with the venture studio High Alpha in July 2016. But Altman didn’t set out to be CEO.

“I wanted to go back to practicing,” she said. “But I got so much incredible energy and joy from those meetings. High Alpha also sat me down and said, the CEO of the company has to be a lawyer.”

Altman called her husband on her 6-minute drive home and told him she was resigning the next day. She did.

Doxly quickly became a darling in the legal tech space, raising $2.3 million just two months after launching and attracting large law firm clients like Dentons. In August 2019, Altman sold her company to Litera. (They negotiated the deal in Doxly, which Altman said was “stressful.”)

Now, Altman is Litera’s global head of development, helping the company make strategic deals.

Laura Safdie – Casetext

Company: Casetext

Founded: 2013

What it does: Legal research and drafting technology for lawyers

As a young lawyer, Laura Safdie wanted to make an impact on social issues, but found that structural issues within the legal system made it difficult. During an “eye-opening” clerkship in Manhattan federal court, Safdie saw firsthand the consequential impact that access to legal information — which was then mostly only available through high-dollar tools — could have on the outcome of a case.

Safdie also saw this at Simpson Thacher, where she spent two years as a litigation associate. “Our legal information and research tools were clunky and old-fashioned, and the economics around them didn’t match up with what I was experiencing in real-life practice,” she said.

Software, on the other hand, can “reach millions of people and impact their lives in millions of ways.” Along with Jake Heller, a lawyer friend with a background in engineering, Safdie launched Casetext. It’s a legal research tool that uses machine learning and is priced at a fraction of the cost of competitors like LexisNexis and Westlaw.

“We took a very different approach to the market,” Safdie said. “Instead of treating legal information like an old publishing company, we treated it like a technology company.”

Casetext has raised over $40 million in funding to date. Most recently, it raked in $8.2 million in its March 2020 Series B-1 round from investors including Union Square Ventures and an undisclosed Am Law 100 law firm. Safdie also launched a new product, the legal drafting tool Compose, in February last year.

Basha Rubin and Mirra Levitt – Priori Legal

Company: Priori Legal

Founded: 2013

What it does: Global legal marketplace for in-house teams

Basha Rubin and Mirra Levitt founded Priori Legal with the thesis that data can improve outside counsel hiring decisions. The problem the two Yale Law grads noticed was that people typically make attorney hiring decisions based on personal recommendations or law firm brand name. As a result, a lot of low-risk, low-complexity work goes to big law firms that cost more than the work calls for. 

“That doesn’t always lead you to getting the best representation for what your problem is,” said Rubin. “What you need is individual level attorney expertise, but there’s no data out there on individual attorneys.”

Rubin launched Priori in 2013, shortly after the financial crisis. “We saw a lot of frothiness and opportunity to remake the way the business of law was practiced,” she said.

Levitt, who practiced at Covington & Burling, left the firm to join Rubin at Priori Legal full-time in 2015.

Priori Legal wants to become the “central clearinghouse” for all companies making outside counsel hiring decisions, from finding the attorney who’d be the best fit to managing billing and invoicing. It completed its Series A in October, raising $6.3 million.

Felicity Conrad – Paladin

Company: Paladin

Founded: 2015

What it does: Pro bono platform for lawyers

Founded by Felicity Conrad, a former Skadden attorney, and Kristen Sonday, an entrepreneur with experience in the Justice Department, Paladin aims to help lawyers effectively find and manage pro bono cases.

When she was practicing law, Conrad took up a pro bono case for a Colombian man who, with his family, was seeking asylum from violence from a narco-terrorist group. Conrad was able to prevent him from being deported. “It was a big lightbulb experience where I realized the power of attorneys to help those in need,” she said.

Conrad soon realized that technology had the power to create scalable impact, and saw an opportunity to improve the justice system by combining law and tech. With the help of Sonday, she launched Paladin in 2015.

Conrad and Sonday initially faced skepticism and resistance from risk-averse lawyers.

“Things are high-stakes in law. It’s not like ordering an Uber — it’s helping a low-income person get a green card or wipe their criminal record so they can get a job,” said Conrad. “The Silicon Valley motto of ‘move fast and break things’ doesn’t quite apply.”

Paladin has since attracted investors like Mark Cuban and partnered with law firms like Dentons, and has about 150 legal service organizations on its platform.

Dorna Moini – Documate

Company: Documate

Founded: 2018

What it does: No-code document automation software

When Dorna Moini was a litigator at Sidley Austin, she took on pro bono work involving form- and template-heavy documents that ate up a lot of precious time.

“I thought we could build something that was sort of like a TurboTax for domestic violence law,” said Moini, who envisioned her pro bono clients could use the tool to quickly and efficiently generate the initial set of documents needed to kickstart a case.

Moini and her co-founder Michael Joseph launched Documate in January 2018. She left Sidley a month later. 

“The first year of starting a company is similar to the first year of being an attorney. You come out of law school and you’re confident, you think you’re amazing. And then you get thrown into it and realize that there’s so much you don’t know,” said Moini.

Documate’s “bread and butter” are small- and medium-sized law firms, though it has also worked with larger firms like Wilson Sonsini. It also partners with the American Bar Association and other non-profits to provide software for free to legal aid organizations, paying homage to its roots and using the feedback it gets to make continuous improvements to its product.

Moini said she hopes to get other legal tech companies like Hello Divorce to build out solutions on the Documate platform. 

Erin Levine – Hello Divorce

Company: Hello Divorce

Founded: 2017

What it does: A web app for divorce proceedings

The average length of a divorce is 12 to 15 months and costs around $15,000 per person, according Erin Levine, founder of Hello Divorce. The platform provides unbundled divorce legal services for flat-rate fees, aiming to bring the cost down for clients and to help lawyers understand that there is a new, more viable way to practice.

“Lawyers shouldn’t be the center of the divorce process, but should be there if you need them,” said Levine.

Levine, who used to run her own family law firm, launched Hello Divorce as a way to help people opt out of the legal system altogether.

“The family law industry is not very happy with us,” she joked.

That said, Levine’s legal background has come in handy, especially given the fact that divorce laws vary from state-to-state. Knowing other lawyers in the industry has been helpful in navigating those regulations, she said.

Last year, the Hello Divorce platform processed around 400 divorces, growing 100% year-over-year in profit and gross revenue. Hello Divorce is about to launch in New York and Texas, and plans to expand into every state.

Catherine Krow – Digitory Legal

Company: Digitory Legal

Founded: 2015

What it does: Legal pricing and cost management

Catherine Krow developed the idea for Digitory Legal during the economic recession that hit the US in 2007, shortly after she became a litigation partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Krow realized that data — the number of depositions, estimated billable hours, and number of attorneys staffed on a case team, for instance — was key to proving the value of lawyers’ work to clients.

“In order to serve clients in the changing world, lawyers really needed to be much better at the business side than they had ever been,” Krow said.

She finally launched Digitory Legal in 2015, after realizing the tools she had created for herself as a lawyer could address a need in the market.

Krow’s experience practicing law is embedded into the billing data platform. “Sometimes I joke that we gave our system a law degree,” she said.

The data captured and analyzed by Digitory Legal also can help firms with their diversity and inclusion initiatives, which has become part of the startup’s core mission.

“One of the things we can do with data is transform it into the truth, creating a clear picture of who did what, when, and for how long,” Krow said, explaining that information on who’s being given high-value work, for instance, can enable firms to better understand weaknesses in their work assignment processes.

Digitory Legal has seen a surge in interest from clients in the past year, especially as spend examination, as well as D&I initiatives, became priorities for law firms. Krow also thinks the problems they’re solving are ones that all professional services industries grapple with. “I see Digitory Legal becoming simply Digitory,” she said.

Julia Shapiro – Hire an Esquire

Company: Hire an Esquire

Founded: 2011

What it does: Legal staffing marketplace for law firms and legal departments

Hire an Esquire grew out of the several years Julia Shapiro spent as a freelance attorney. Toward the end of law school, Shapiro fell ill with what would later be diagnosed as celiac disease, causing her to turn down a federal clerkship and instead take up contract work at various law firms.

When the economy crashed in 2007, law firms paused their summer associate classes and began giving contract attorneys more work. “I became more involved in how staffing was done on a client end, and realized just how bad and clunky the process was,” said Shapiro.

Shapiro founded Hire an Esquire in 2011 to help law firms and legal departments find the right attorneys, and to make sure attorneys from different backgrounds could find legal work. In both the legal and tech industries, Shapiro noticed that it wasn’t just gender and race that played a role in the opportunities people got, but socioeconomic background, too.

“They’re looking at things like, where did you go to school? How shiny is your background? What is your pedigree?” she said. As someone who didn’t grow up rich — Shapiro remembers working her first job as a preteen — she initially had trouble kickstarting funding, since she didn’t have the connections for the typical friends-and-family route.

But she eventually found success. Hire an Esquire has raised $5 million in funding to date. Shapiro sees continued growth for the startup, which has about 2% of all active US attorneys registered in its marketplace. “40% of the workforce is freelance, and, as the economy shifts, more people are going that way,” she said.

Julie Pearl – Pearl Global Tech

Company: Pearl Global Tech

Founded: 2015

What it does: Immigration and travel compliance software

Immigration law veteran Julie Pearl founded Pearl Law Group in 1995 with the former head of the US Immigration Service (INS) — now known as the US Citizen and Immigration Services — and has since built it into the largest woman-owned law firm in Northern California.

While she was practicing law, Pearl recognized an opportunity to “up-level” the field through data, which wasn’t widely available at the time. She launched Tracker Corp, an immigration case management system, in 2001.

“I saw it as an opportunity to democratize knowledge, which is especially important in the immigration space,” said Pearl, who said her mission is to provide businesses and individuals with the knowledge that would otherwise cost half a million dollars a year.

Pearl’s other venture, Pearl Global Tech, similarly provides users with business traveler assessment and global immigration knowledge tools. Tracker Corp was acquired by Mitratech, a large legal tech company that’s made a series of acquisitions in the space, in July 2020, Pearl is still running Pearl Global Tech.

Nicole Bradick – Theory and Principle

Company: Theory and Principle

Founded: 2018

What it does: Product design and development for the legal market

Nicole Bradick spent 7 years as a litigation attorney at Murray Plumb before she became worn out by the “adversarial nature” of the practice. Instead, she launched into a series of law-related businesses — a legal innovation consulting company and a freelance legal network — before founding Theory and Principle in 2018.

Theory and Principle designs and developments products for law firms like Nixon Peabody and Crowell Morning, as well as for legal tech companies like Priori Legal, BlackBoiler, Agiloft, and Factor.

Bradick said her experience as a lawyer has helped her serve clients better at each startup she’s founded.

“I was on a call with a prospective client who was looking to develop a very complex contracting system. Within the hour, I was able to fully understand what they were trying to accomplish because I knew firsthand the context, the position of the user, and comparable solutions,” said Bradick.

Theory and Principle has doubled revenue every year since its founding, and is continuing to gain market share in all its target segments, including law firms, legal tech, and the justice sector.

Leah Del Percio – Trustate

Company: Trustate

Founded: 2020

What it does: Trusts and estates management platform

Leah Del Percio initially created Trustate to do the heavy lifting on the administrative tasks that made up a lot of her work as a trusts and estates lawyer at DLA Piper. Del Percio said she wanted to upend this system, which is “designed to be inefficient” to rack up the bill.

Trustate helps individuals manage the tasks involved in administering an estate— from uploading documents and obtaining e-signatures on forms.

Unlike some other legal tech companies that are “purely tech,” Trustate “needs a human face” given the emotional sensitivity of working with clients who’ve recently lost loved ones, said Del Percio. She explained that her experience as a female trusts and estates lawyer working with surviving spouses, most of whom are women, has enabled Trustate to provide that human touch.

Since its launch in July 2020, Trustate has doubled its client base, which centers around institutional clients, solo practitioners, and individuals.

“They can focus on the legal-intensive work, and we can serve as a nice complement and help reduce overhead,” Del Percio said. “We want to transform the process for people, and plan on growing smart and growing hard.”

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After Criminal Minds: What The Main Actors Are Doing Now – Screen Rant

It’s been just over a year since the popular CBS procedural crime drama Criminal Minds ended. Like most procedurals, the show had a lengthy run of 15 seasons, ending on February 19, 2020. Luckily, a revival of the show is reported to be in the works and it’s set to stream on Paramount+. However, it’s not yet clear whether the main cast will return.

RELATED: 15 Criminal Minds Episodes Based On Real Cases

Most of the main cast members portrayed characters that were fan-favorites. As a result, viewers might eager to see what they did after the show, especially if they’re in roles that are far detached from the world of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). Some of the actors have moved on swiftly, while others are still not tied to any specific projects.

10 Matthew Gray Gubler

Separating Gubler with BAU Supervisory Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid is impossible. The actor spent 15 years of his life portraying the intelligent and charismatic character and with a total of 324 episodes under his belt, Gubler has the most appearances out of all the cast members.

His most recent project outside the series has been the 2020 American psychological drama, Horse Girl. In it, he plays Darren, the boyfriend of a girl who begins experiencing strange phenomena after her mother dies by suicide. Gubler also has a supporting role in the Hulu series Dollface as a mysterious man that one of the main characters falls in love with.

9 Aisha Tyler

Tyler initially appeared as a guest star, filling in for A.J. Cook and Jennifer Love Hewitt while they were on maternity leave. She was only meant to appear in seven episodes of the series, but the showrunners loved her so much that they promoted her to the main cast. The actress has portrayed forensic psychologist, Dr. Tara Lewis, ever since.

Tyler is also scheduled to voice the character Millie Tuskmon in the upcoming Disney+ animated series, Monsters At Work. The series is a spinoff of the popular Monsters, Inc movies.

8 Joe Mantegna

Criminal Minds David Rossi

Mantegna has been in the show since the third season, portraying Unit Senior Agent David Rossi. A running joke in the series is that Rossi has had too many wives. Every time he tries to quote his wife, his colleagues ask him “which one?”

RELATED: 10 Ways Criminal Minds Changed From Season 1 To 15

The veteran actor continues to provide his services for The Simpsons, where he voices the mob moss, Fat Tony. Even though there are no listed upcoming roles for Mantegna, his resume is very impressive and he has three Emmy nominations in his career. He has also appeared in over 300 movies and TV shows since his acting debut in 1976.

7 Paget Brewster

Criminal Minds Emily Prentiss

Brewster’s character, Emily Prentiss, becomes part of the team after Elle Greenaway’s departure. Emily appears as a main character from season 2 to season 7 then has a reduced role before becoming a main character again in season 11. Brewster’s role kept on being revised after the departure of other characters.

Brewster is currently focusing on the animation industry. She has been voicing Donald Duck’s twin sister, Della, in DuckTales since 2019. The role has even earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.” She is also set to voice the main character Judy Ken Sebben aka Birdgirl in the animated show, Birdgirl.

6 A.J. Cook

Criminal Minds Jennifer Jareau

Having been there since the beginning, A. J. Cook has seen several actors come and go as she continued to portray Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau. For most of the series, her character acts as the liaison between the BAU and the media, and unlike other characters, Jennifer only shoots someone once during the series run.

Since 2010, she has only participated in four other projects outside the series. Her most recent project has been the 2019 indie film, Back Fork. In it, she teams up with Josh Stewart, who actually portrays the husband of her character in Criminal Minds. The movie follows a family man who loses his way after a tragedy.

5 Kirsten Vangsness

Vangsness is the only cast member to appear in the main show and its two spinoffs. For years, she portrayed the technical analyst, Penelope Garcia. Apart from acting, Vangsness also served as a writer on the show.

RELATED: Criminal Minds: 5 Ways Beyond Borders Is The Better Spin-Off (& 5 Suspect Behaviour Is)

The actress doesn’t have any upcoming projects at the moment. Her most recent project outside the show was the 2017 comedy horror movie, Dave Made a Maze. Hopefully, fans will get to see her on the screens again soon.

4 Adam Rodriguez

Criminal Minds Luke Alvez

Rodriguez was brought in to replace Shemar Moore after the actor left in 2016. He then consistently appeared on the show as Luke Alvez, an FBI Fugitive Task Force Agent who transfers to the BAU.

He is one of the main cast members in the Penny Dreadful spinoff series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, which premiered in 2020. In it, he portrays a union leader named Raul. He has also appeared as a supporting character in the Netflix and later Pop sitcom, One Day At A Time.

3 Daniel Henney

A US veteran, family man and current Special Operations Agent, Matt Simmons is the character that Daniel Henney portrayed so magnificently in recent seasons. The character first appeared in the spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Henney is set to star in the upcoming Prime Video fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. The series follows an all-woman team of magicians who go looking for a mysterious person who will save the world. He will also be in the upcoming Korean action film, Confidential Assignment 2: International.

2 Shemar Moore

Morgan in Criminal Minds: Mayhem

Moore is still seen as one of the faces of Criminal Minds, even though he left before the series ended. Before his departure, he was the only character to appear in every episode since the series premiere in 2005. Moore portrayed the BAU agent Derek Morgan, who eventually resigned to be with his family.

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More has gone on to land another main role in another procedural drama and currently plays Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson in CBS’s S.W.A.T.

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Gibson’s appearances stretch across all the show’s first 12 seasons. His departure is linked to an altercation with an assistant director. As a result, his contract was terminated by CBS. After leaving, the storyline given to his character Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner involved him going into witness protection in order to ensure the safety of his son.

Unfortunately for Gibson, the incident seemed to have put a pause on his career as he hasn’t appeared in any other show or movie since his departure.

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Derek Chauvin's defense backed by $1M Minneapolis police union fund, 12-lawyer team – Fox News

The defense attorney representing Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, is receiving support from a police union’s $1 million legal defense fund, as well as a 12-person team of lawyers so far not seen inside the courtroom, according to a report.

As the trial is broadcast via livestream from the 18th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, has delivered opening statements and cross-examined the prosecution’s witnesses before taking a seat beside his client.

His assistant, Amy Voss, a licensed attorney, usually sits in the row behind them. 


But outside of the courtroom, Nelson, a private attorney with the firm Halberg Criminal Defense, is also being supported by a dozen-lawyer team courtesy of a $1 million legal defense fund from the Minneapolis Police and Peace Officers Association, USA Today reported. The association did not respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Defense attorney Natalie Paule, one of the lawyers representing another former officer, Tao Thao, declined to comment on whether their team expects to receive similar financial backing from the police union, citing instruction not to speak with media during Chauvin’s trial.

According to testimony from several witnesses during Chauvin’s trial, Thao was the officer who prevented bystanders gathered outside of Cup Foods on May 25, 2020 from intervening as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he called out that he couldn’t breathe. Thao, as well as former officers J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane, face aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter charges and will face trial together in August.


Lane’s defense attorney, Earl Gray, told USA Today that defense lawyer up against prosecution by the state and federal government is a “David and Goliath” scenario, with the defense as the “underdog.” Therefore, the $1 million in funding will help the defense offset the vast resources already available to prosecutors, including both funding and investigators.

Because Chauvin paid police union dues during his 19 years on the job, some argue he is entitled to the robust defense afforded by the legal defense fund. But critics, namely Somil Trivedi, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, called into question the union’s credibility in contributing to the conversation on police reform while simultaneously shelling out money for Chauvin’s defense.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison quickly took over prosecution for the case from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who first charged Chauvin last May. Prosecutor Matthew Frank, head of the attorney general’s criminal division, has taken the lead in the courtroom so far.

Several high profile attorneys are working for the prosecution pro-bono, including Steve Schleicher, who voiced the state’s side during jury selection, and Jerry Blackwell, founding partner of Blackwell Burke, who has questioned several witnesses called to the stand this week. Other private attorneys assisting prosecution include Neal Katyal and Lola Velázquez-Aguilu.


Another figure at play is the $27 million settlement the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay Floyd’s family. The announcement came during jury selection and Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill agreed to re-question seven sat jurors to ask whether the news affected their ability to be impartial.

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Trump and his advisors are shrugging off DOJ's Capitol riot probe. But they see danger in the Georgia and New York investigations.


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Former President Donald Trump and his advisors are vacillating between deep concern and cavalier confidence over his potential legal exposure and the ever-present possibility he could end up in the history books as the first president of the United States — current or former — ever to be indicted.

The growing list of criminal investigations and civil lawsuits keep piling up, while Trump remains ensconced in his South Florida oceanside compound Mar-a-Lago.

Alongside a rotating cast of attorneys, Trump has warily watched as local Georgia and New York investigators escalate their inquiries connected to both his slapdash efforts to hold on to the presidency despite losing the 2020 election and his namesake company’s finances. 

Notably, the ex-president is also hearing from advisors that he faces little legal risk from the January 6 rioting at the Capitol, according to a dozen advisors, legal experts, and Republicans close to the former president. 

In interviews, many of the people around Trump described the Georgia and New York investigations as more “politicized” and dangerous than the threat posed by the Justice Department’s examination of a deadly insurrection carried out by a pro-Trump mob.

“If I were Trump, I’d be most concerned about the business activities in New York,” said Alan Dershowitz, the retired Harvard law professor who represented the president during his first Senate impeachment trial in early 2020.

“Because when you have a prosecutor hell-bent to get you, and you’ve had a long career in business, there’s always a possibility they could come up with some technical violation, more likely with his companies than him personally,” Dershowitz added.

Dershowitz echoed a number of Trump advisors who expressed confidence that the former president would not face prosecution from the Justice Department over what transpired when Congress met to certify the 2020 election results on January 6. 

They also took a similar view toward civil lawsuits seeking to hold Trump accountable for his statements leading up to the attack on the US Capitol, saying the former president’s rhetoric fell well within the First Amendment’s free-speech protections.

“He should have no concern,” Dershowitz said. “The idea of him being prosecuted for a speech like that would be rejected 9-0 by the Supreme Court. It’s not even a close case.”

Another Trump associate added: “There’s about a 0% chance of criminal liability on the president based on what he said on January 6, and it’s close to the same thing for any civil liability.”

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DOJ ‘looking at everything’

One thing is certain: Trump has not shed his legal woes since departing the White House in January. All indications point to his predicament growing ever more dire. 

In New York, investigations into the Trump Organization have gathered steam with favorable court rulings cracking open the former president’s tax returns and a subpoena seeking the bank records of the company’s longtime chief financial officer, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.

In Georgia, a newly elected district attorney is examining whether Trump made efforts to manipulate election results in the state, including with a phone call first reported by The Washington Post in which the president appeared to pressure the Georgia secretary of state to “find 11,780 votes.” Two grand juries are involved in the closed-door proceedings, The Daily Beast reported.

A recording of Trump’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger surfaced in January during the early days of Fani Willis’ tenure as the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia. Since then, she has assembled a team that includes a nationally renowned expert on racketeering charges as she delves into Trump and his inner circle.

In Washington, DC, a Trump-appointed prosecutor recently said in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that the former president could indeed face legal jeopardy over remarks that were seen as egging on the crowd that went on to overtake the Capitol.

Federal prosecutors have so far brought cases against more than 300 people on charges varying from unlawfully entering the Capitol to assaulting a police officer. Michael Sherwin, the now former US attorney in Washington who oversaw the initial wave of cases against the people charged in the riot, raised the possibility on “60 Minutes” that the former president might be “culpable” and that investigators were “looking at everything. 

“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to DC on the 6th,” Sherwin said. “We have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying, ‘Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house.’ That moves the needle towards that direction. Maybe the president is culpable for those actions.”

Trump’s ‘walk-on’ legal team

With Trump’s legal troubles only mounting, the former president’s advisors are concerned about his ability to attract high-powered legal talent should the need arise. 

Over the course of his four years as president, Trump garnered a reputation as a difficult client who would often resist — or outright ignore — legal advice. He’s also known from his pre-politics life for not paying his attorneys for their services. Not being president anymore isn’t helping either.

“It’s a reality that the traditional rock-star lawyers you would see in a high-stakes matter involving a president or former president … he doesn’t really have access to those people anymore,” a former Trump administration official told Insider.

“For big firms or small firms with big clients, it doesn’t sell well if you’re associating in any way with Trump,” the former official said. “And it’s much more true as a former president. As a president, you could serve Trump and believe that you were working for the country, but now you’re just serving Trump.”

This person added: “He had a hard enough time attracting good lawyers during his presidency. Attracting them now is virtually impossible.”

Trump has indeed cycled through a long list of respected criminal-defense counsel — including John Dowd, Jay Sekulow, Ty Cobb, Pat Cipollone, and Emmet Flood — either in the White House or as outside personal representation during the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sekulow and Cipollone had starring roles later on defending Trump in early 2020 during what turned out to be the first of two Senate impeachment trials. They worked alongside two top White House lawyers in Patrick Philbin and Michael Purpura, along with Dershowitz, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Bill Clinton’s nemesis Ken Starr, and Eric Herschmann, a partner at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres who would later become an official presidential legal advisor.

Trump’s challenge in retaining lawyers was also on full display during his second Senate impeachment trial earlier this year over his role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol. The entire defense team that represented the president during that first trial in January and February 2020 stayed far away from the counsel table when they were needed again. 

Several new lawyers who Trump had lined up also abruptly pulled out of the proceedings just before the trial got started. The Trump team ultimately went on to face widespread ridicule for meeting the House Democratic managers’ emotional presentation with arguments that were considered dry and oftentimes dispirited.

“I wouldn’t even put them on JV,”  the former Trump administration official said of the lawyers the president ended up using for his Senate trial, which ended like the first did — with an acquittal. “I think they would be dismissed walk-ons. You just wouldn’t see them on a crack high-stakes legal team.”

In Trump’s small circle since leaving the White House, his former deputy campaign manager Justin Clark has kept his spot as one of the top legal coordinators, according to Trump advisors who spoke with Insider.

Clark was responsible for coordinating Trump’s legal efforts to find evidence of voter fraud and help overturn the 2020 election results. But Trump’s post-election efforts came up empty, and multiple Trump advisors privately pinned the blame on Clark for his handling of legal efforts across battleground states.

In New York, Trump has held on to a defense team of respected lawyers, including Jane Raskin, Marc Mukasey, Alan Futerfas, and Sekulow, who’s argued on Trump’s behalf before the US Supreme Court. Lawrence Rosen, a defense attorney who advised Trump on legal issues tied to a hush-money payment to the adult-film star known as Stormy Daniels, is also helping the former president in the New York attorney general’s investigation.

Sekulow declined to comment, citing his ethical obligations as a lawyer. But within Trump’s orbit, past advisors took note that he Sekulow not involved in the former president’s second impeachment trial after prominently defending him during the first one. 

In an interview, the former Trump administration official said Sekulow had been “stiff-arming” the president even as he’s remained in his good graces.

“He didn’t participate in the impeachment. He didn’t do a lot of things I know the president would have preferred to have him in — some things that he skillfully avoided,” the former administration official said.

In the wave of unsuccessful election lawsuits, Sekulow limited his role to challenging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to grant three extra days for the receipt of mail-in votes in the November election. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case, in which Sekulow was seen as advocating a legitimate constitutional question, while stopping short of buying into Trump’s voter-fraud claims. 

Sekulow was joined in that case by William Consovoy, a conservative litigator and former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas who represented Trump in efforts to prevent House Democrats from obtaining his financial records.

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Not just a criminal matter

This week, more legal exposure came Trump’s way. On Tuesday, a pair of Capitol Police officers sued the former president over injuries they suffered on January 6. The lawsuit alleged Trump “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” the insurrectionist mob.

In the weeks since January 6, House Democrats have also brought civil lawsuits accusing Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani of inciting the deadly insurrection that also stalled for hours the ceremonial congressional certification of the 2020 presidential-election winner.

Trump has turned in those cases to Jesse Binnall, a little-known lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia, who joined in the then-president’s push last year to contest the electoral results in multiple states. Binnall’s case in Nevada was rejected by the state Supreme court, and similar efforts by the Trump campaign failed in courtrooms across the country.

Binnall previously defended former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn as he sought to pull out of a plea deal in which he twice admitted to lying to investigators about his past communications with the Russian ambassador. The Justice Department eventually moved to drop the case, and Trump pardoned Flynn in the final weeks of his presidency.

In the election fights and the Flynn case, Binnall worked alongside Sidney Powell, a lawyer who joined Giuliani in making baseless claims of election fraud. Powell came under criticism even within Trump’s orbit over her handling of the election litigation, and the then-president himself described her many misspellings in court filings as “very embarrassing.”

Powell is now an outcast as she faces a defamation lawsuit from the election-infrastructure company Dominion Voting Systems over her claims of widespread fraud. In the litigation, she recently said “reasonable people would not accept” her claims of election fraud “as fact but view them only as claims that await testing by the courts through the adversary process.”

Giuliani, at once both Trump’s most influential legal advisor and the cause of many of his headaches, has similarly drifted out of the former president’s orbit since the January 6 attacks, Trump advisors told Insider.

Some Trump advisors said they saw that as a function of Giuliani’s concern for his own possibly extensive legal jeopardy, from his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results to his extensive dealings in Ukraine with his former associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman that caught the eye of federal prosecutors who filed campaign-finance charges against the two men in 2019. Parnas and Fruman have both pleaded not guilty, and their trial has been delayed until October over COVID-19 restrictions.

Others close to the president said it was highly unlikely Giuliani had totally fallen out of Trump’s orbit. The two men have known each other for decades, and the former New York mayor is likely just keeping a lower profile than usual. 

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