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Olmstead takes reins of NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’

Drama vet to serve as showrunner on Dick Wolf's latest series

Dick Wolf has recruited drama vet Matt Olmstead to serve as showrunner and exec producer of his new NBC drama “Chicago Fire.”

Olmstead is new to the Wolf pack of showrunners but he has known “Chicago Fire” creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt for years.

“Chicago Fire” revolves around firefighters and paramedics at a busy Windy City firehouse.

Most recently, Olmstead has been co-creator and exec producer of A&E Network drama “Breakout Kings,” which just wrapped its second season. He co-created and served as exec producer of Fox’s “Prison Break” throughout its four-season run.

Early in his career, Olmstead spent 11 years working on various Steven Bochco series, and was co-creator with Bochco on ABC’s “Blind Justice.”

Haas and Brandt have worked primarily in features, so it was vital that “Fire” recruit a seasoned drama hand to get the show up and running for its fall preem. Wolf has generally worked with a tight-knit circle of showrunners who have circulated through the “Law & Order” universe, which makes Olmstead’s hire notable.

“Fire” marks Wolf’s first non-“Law & Order” branded scripted series since “Conviction” had a short run on NBC in 2006.

In addition to Wolf, Olmstead, Haas and Brandt, Wolf Films’ Danielle Claman Gelber and Peter Jankowski also exec produce.

Olmstead’s repped by WME.

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