Development vet Danielle Claman Gelber, who was integral in developing NBC’s “Chicago” franchise, is transitioning from Wolf Entertainment to the network where she has inked an independent production deal, Variety has learned.
With the new production pact, Gelber will develop scripted series for NBC.
Gelber joined Dick Wolf’s company in 2011 and was head of development. Sources say there is no replacement for her position at this time.
Gelber worked with Wolf and his team to develop “Chicago Fire,” plus its spinoffs “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med.” She sold the flagship “Fire” to NBC on her first day at Wolf Entertainment.
“Danielle was an important member of the team as we developed ‘Chicago Fire,'” Wolf commented. “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.”
“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 added: “It’s been an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling journey with Dick and Wolf Entertainment. 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 [Greenblatt] and Jen [Salke], who have always been my champions, for this exciting new chapter, and I look so forward to making great shows for them.”
Prior to joining Wolf Entertainment, Gelber was SVP of original series programming at Showtime where she developed “Weeds,” “The L Word” and “Episodes.” Before Showtime, she was at Fox where held the post of SVP of drama series programming and developed “The X-Files,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Ally McBeal” and Wolf’s “New York Undercover.”
Gelber is repped by Jared Levine at Morris Yorn and Richard Weitz at WME.