The Making of “Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone”

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the filming of “Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone,” a new online television show featuring Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Justice Brownstone was the first sitting judge to publish a law book intended for the general public, Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court.  Brownstone continues this outreach in the new television series, educating the public on issues like custody and child support.

Between the book and this new show, Brownstone has demonstrated that he is a maverick judge who is a pioneer that is unilaterally changing the public image of the judiciary.

In addition to instructional videos on issues of family law, the show will also feature notable personalities in the area of family conflicts.

Given Justice Brownstone’s charismatic personality, the show is expected to gather a significant audience among the public.  Lawyers are also considering it as a tool to educate their clients before entering protracted litigation.

The show was directed by Simon Norton Game and Dani Zaviceanu of IslandFX, and produced by AdviceScene, both of Victoria, B.C.  Filming occurred in downtown Toronto, with the assistance of Al Rosen of, and sound support by Brian Hanish.

The videos will be released on AdviceScene and FamilyMattersTV some time this summer.