EXCLUSIVE: There will be a change at the helm of the No. 1 show in syndication, Judge Judy. Longtime executive producer Timothy Regler is retiring from day-to-day production after 42 years in the business. He is expected to leave at the end of the season to pursue interests in arts education. Amy Freisleben has been promoted to Executive in Charge of Production for the show.

Freisleben has been with Judge Judy since 1998, serving as VP and then SVP Legal and Business Affairs for CBS Television Distribution, the company that distributes the court show, for which she handled all production-related legal work. Regler has been with Judge Judy since it premiered in September 1996 as Co-Executive Producer and then Executive Producer. Randy Douthit, who has served as executive producer since the show’s 1996 launch, will continue as Executive Producer and Director. “Tim has helped shepherd our program from the beginning and I will greatly miss his professional input,” said Judge Judy Sheindlin. “Besides, he allows me to regularly whip him in gin. We are, however, so fortunate to have Amy Freisleben, who has been an integral part of the Judge Judy family for 15 years. The transition will be seamless and I hear she is practicing her gin game.”

Judge Judy has been the No. 1 show in daytime for the last three seasons and just completed the November 2012 sweep as the No. 1 show in first-run syndication. “I began my career in TV when PAs were called ‘gofers’, while still in high school,” Regler said. “I stepped on every rung of the ladder while working for Ralph Edwards — beginning with Truth Or Consequences starring Bob Barker and ending with Emmy-nominated director of The People’s Court with Hon. Judge Joseph Wapner. For the past 17 seasons I’ve been producing on Judge Judy. The show is the top of syndication and it feels like the right time to move on to pursue other interests.”