Danielle Claman Gelber, EVP and head of development for Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment, is leaving the company after almost 5 years. She is launching her own eponymous production company, which will have a first-look deal with NBC.
“Danielle was an important member of the team as we developed Chicago Fire,” Wolf said. “Lightning struck and we were off to the races with a hugely successful brand. With her passion for quality scripted projects, this is a logical and smart evolution to her successful career.”
Gelber, who sold Chicago Fire to NBC on her first day with Wolf Entertainment, worked with Wolf and his team to develop the Chicago-branded series Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, as well as the current Chicago Justice pilot.
“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Danielle and the quality of work she’s produced over the years, and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with her in this new capacity,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
Gelber joined Wolf Films in 2011 from Showtime, where she was SVP Original Series Programming and oversaw development of Weeds, The L Word and Episodes. Prior to that she was SVP Drama Series Programming at Fox where she developed The X Files, Beverly Hills 90210, Ally McBeal and Wolf’s New York Undercover, among others. At both Showtime and Fox, she worked under NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt.
“It’s been an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling journey with Dick and Wolf Entertainment,” Gelber said. “I count him as an invaluable lifelong friend and mentor. I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished together with our landmark, enduring Chicago franchise. I’m deeply grateful to Bob and Jen, who have always been my champions, for this exciting new chapter, and I look so forward to making great shows for them.”
I hear there are no immediate plans for Gelber to be replaced. Wolf Entertainment’s day-to-day operations are run by president Peter Jankowski.
Gelber is repped by attorney Jared Levine and WME.