Dick Wolf, an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning producer, as well as a New York Times best-selling author, is one of television’s most respected drama series creator/producers.
He is architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television, “Law & Order,” as well as the popular current trio of NBC Chicago-based dramas.
The longevity on his series are extraordinary. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will begin its history-making 21st season in the fall (longest live-action primetime series). “Chicago Fire” (picked up for season eight), “Chicago P.D.” (picked up for season seven) and “Chicago Med” (picked up for season five) have been standouts for NBC and Wolf’s latest high-profile project, the new CBS series “FBI,” was CBS’ top-rated new drama series for 2018-19 television season and begin its second season in September. The success of “FBI” has spawned the spinoff “FBI Most Wanted,” which debuts on CBS next season and gives Wolf six scripted series on broadcast television.
Wolf’s “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 include the highly coveted Peabody Award, multiple Emmys, the Crystal Apple Award, the Writer’s Guild Award for Television and numerous other kudos.
“Law & Order: SVU” stars Mariska Hargita, who has received seven Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning in 2006. The show has earned five Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Wolf has also expanded into non-fiction as executive producer of the new Fox series “First Responders Live” and Oxygen’s “Murder for Hire,” “Cold Justice” and “Criminal Confessions.” He also executive produced USA’s docu-series “Inside the FBI: New York” as well as the successful A&E series “Nightwatch” and its spinoffs.
Wolf’s company also produced “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 Sept 11. “When You’re Strange,” the Emmy-nominated documentary about the Doors, won a Grammy Award for Outstanding Longform Video in 2011.
In 2007, Wolf executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO original movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which won six Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film tells the powerful story of the subjugation and cultural extermination of Native Americans and garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations, the most of the 2006-07 television season. The film also received the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Picture Made for Television.
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 also produced the 2018 psychological thriller “The Super,” written by John J. McLaughlin (“Black Swan”) and starring Patrick Flueger (“Chicago P.D.”). Wolf also wrote the screenplay for the hit Paramount release “School Ties,” was writer and executive producer of “Masquerade,” and writer and producer of “No Man’s Land.”
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. He followed that up with “The Execution” and the third installment, “The Ultimatum,” was released in 2015 from HarperCollins.
His personal accolades include the Television Academy Hall of Fame (inducted 2013), International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Producers Guild of America’s Norman Lear Showmanship Award, DGA Honors, Monte Carlo Television Festival Gold Nymph Award and NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Award, among many others. Wolf received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2007.
Wolf is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco, 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 (with Marcy Carsey) of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Media at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a benefactor to numerous philanthropic endeavors, including MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Princess Grace Foundation and, through his Wolf Family Foundation, endowed the new Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy.