Penn on ‘Law’ case as showrunner

Helmer won an Emmy for directing 200th episode

Veteran helmer Matthew Penn has been tapped exec producer and Gotham-based showrunner for “Law & Order.”

Penn, who’s helmed more than 20 segs of the Wolf Films/Universal Network Television flagship skein, will continue to direct episodes while also overseeing day-to-day production of the show. He’ll work with Los Angeles-based scribe-showrunner Michael Chernuchin and replaces Jeffrey Hayes, who remains as exec producer but will take on other production duties on the skein.

Wolf and Peter Jankowski also serve as exec producers on the Peacock drama, which begins its 14th season this fall.

“Matthew has been one of the core group of ‘Law & Order’ directors for almost a decade, and he has directed many of the series’ landmark episodes,” Wolf said. “I am thrilled that he has agreed to head the New York production team.”

Penn snagged an Emmy for directing the show’s 200th episode, which aired in 1999 and guest starred Julia Roberts. During his career, CAA-repped helmer has directed more than 50 skeins, including “The Sopranos,” “Third Watch” and “NYPD Blue.” He also served as a producer-helmer on the CBS skein “Big Apple.”

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