EXCLUSIVE: Matt Olmstead, executive producer of NBC’s Chicago Fire and co-creator/executive producer of its upcoming spinoff Chicago PD, has signed a rich two-year overall deal with Universal Television, the studio behind the two series, along with Wolf Films. Under the seven-figure pact, Olmstead will continue as showrunner on Chicago Fire and also will serve as showrunner on Chicago PD, working on both series with Chicago Fire creators/exec producers and Chicago PD co-creators/exec producers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, as well as exec producer Dick Wolf. Making things a bit easier logistically is the fact that Chicago PD has a midseason order. “Matt is an experienced and creative showrunner and we were thrilled with his stellar work on Chicago Fire, Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “We look forward to extending our relationship with him on Chicago PD and at Universal TV”.
Breakout Kings co-creator/executive producer and Prison Break showrunner Olmstead joined Chicago Fire after the pilot. He steered the firefighter drama through a successful first season, which posted ratings growth, earned an early renewal and spawned a spinoff, something almost unheard of for a freshman series. WME-repped Olmstead has strong cop drama credentials going into Chicago PD having spent three years on ABC’s NYPD. Wolf, Olmstead, Brandt and Haas executive both series with Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber.