Two-time Emmy-winning (and 13-time Emmy nominated) and GRAMMY Award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author Dick Wolf is one of television’s most respected drama series creator/producers and the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television – “Law & Order.”
He serves as creator and executive producer of all the “Law & Order”-branded series from Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which made television history with its historic 21st season, now in its 23rd season, making it the longest-running live action prime time series in the history of television (the series was tied with “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order”). Wolf has extended his branding expertise to the Windy City, with his Chicago-based series: “Chicago Fire” (Season 10); “Chicago P.D.” (Season Nine) and “Chicago Med” (Season Seven). Wolf’s seventh broadcast series is “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” which premiered on NBC with great success in April 2021 and returns for a second season in the fall. In addition, NBC’s new streaming service Peacock announced an unprecedented deal for Wolf’s “Law & Order” and “Chicago” branded series that debuted with the streaming service in July 2020.
Wolf’s CBS brand, FBI, introduces its third iteration, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, creating an “All-FBI Tuesday Night” on the Network this fall. A proven top performer, FBI, now in its fourth season, provides a strong lead-in for FBI: INTERNATIONAL, and FBI: MOST WANTED, in season three, remains in its winning 10:00 PM slot. The FBI night will launch with a three-hour crossover premiere event in the fall.
Wolf has also expanded into non-fiction as executive producer of Oxygen’s critically acclaimed “Murder for Hire,” “Cold Justice” and “Criminal Confessions.” He executive produced USA’s docu-series “Inside the FBI: New York,” the successful A&E series “Nightwatch” and its spinoffs and FOX’s “First Responders Live.” Wolf Entertainment has also expanded into audio content, with the acclaimed, successful debut podcast “Hunted” in conjunction with Endeavor Audio, executive produced by Elliot Wolf.
Wolf’s company produced two award-winning documentaries: “Twin Towers,” the 2003 Academy Award-winning short documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, and “When You’re Strange,” the Emmy-nominated documentary about The Doors which won a GRAMMY Award for Outstanding Longform Video in February 2011.
In 2007, Wolf executive produced (with Tom Thayer) the critically acclaimed HBO original movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which won six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film tells the tragic and powerful story of the subjugation and cultural extermination of the Native American, and garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations, the most of the 2006-2007 television season. The film also received the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Picture Made for Television. Wolf and Thayer have teamed up again with the high-profile limited series “American Babylon” which is in development at SHOWTIME.
Wolf’s debut novel, The Intercept, was a New York Times bestselling thriller about Jeremy Fisk, a new kind of hero for a new kind of enemy and his follow up book “The Execution” debuted in January 2014 and, like its predecessor, was both popular and critically acclaimed. The Ultimatum, the third installment of the series, was released in June 2015 from HarperCollins.
Wolf’s “Law & Order”-branded series continue to rewrite the annals of television history. “Law & Order” earned 11 consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations – the record for most consecutive series Emmy nominations in the history of television (tied with “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H”) – and won the coveted Emmy in that category in 1997. Additional accolades “Law & Order” has garnered include: the highly-coveted Peabody Award; multiple Emmys; the Crystal Apple Award from the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting; the Writer’s Guild Award for Television and numerous other high-ranking tributes.
Wolf Entertainment’s feature arm will be producing “77” for Paramount, directed by Jared Leto, and based on an original screenplay by James Ellroy. Wolf produced, with Fortress Films, the psychological thriller “The Super,” written by John J. McLaughlin (“Black Swan”) starring “Chicago P.D.’”s Patrick Flueger and distributed by Saban and premiered in October 2018. Wolf wrote the screenplay for the hit Paramount release “School Ties” and was writer and executive producer of “Masquerade,” and writer and producer of “No Man’s Land.”
His personal accolades include: the Television Academy Hall of Fame (inducted 2013); the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award; the Producer’s Guild of America’s Norman Lear Showmanship Award; the DGA Honors; the Governor’s Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the Achievement Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors; the Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist’s Guild of America; the Monte Carlo Television Festival Gold Nymph Award; the Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival; NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Award, and accolades from the Saban Clinic and the Alliance for Children’s Rights. On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on Hollywood’s world-famous Walk of Fame.
Wolf is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s annual Monte Carlo Television Festival and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community. He is also the founder and benefactor (with Marcy Carsey) of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Media at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as numerous philanthropic endeavors including MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, chairman of the board of Bellosguardo, Trustee of the Paley Center for Media, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Princess Grace Foundation and, through his Wolf Family Foundation, endowed the new Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy.