Warren Leight tapped for NBC’s ‘SVU’

Former 'Criminal Intent' showrunner just wrapped FX's 'Lights Out'

NBC and Dick Wolf have tapped Warren Leight to take the reins of “Law & Order: SVU” as exec producer and showrunner.

He succeeds Neal Baer, who wrapping up production on this season and will segue to a three-year overall deal to produce and develop series at CBS Television Studios.

The choice of Leight, who is coming off the recently canceled FX series “Lights Out,” makes sense considering he worked on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” for six years beginning in 2002, serving as executive producer of the series for his last two years.

Universal Media Studios still has some key “SVU” deals to work out, namely series stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni. Both are under two-year deals set to expire shortly.

Last November, Baer signaled he was moving on after 11 seasons at “SVU” by inking the overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

Leight received critical acclaim for “Lights,” but FX pulled the plug after one season due to poor ratings. In recent weeks Leight attempted to revive the series at other networks, but his gig on “SVU” is likely indication “Lights” has gone permanently dark.

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