Rick Eid has been named the new showrunner of “Law & Order: SVU,” Variety has learned.
Eid will begin his duties with the upcoming 18th season next fall, taking the place of showrunner Warren Leight, who will exit after the current 17th season.
In addition to being named showrunner on “SVU,” Eid has closed a new overall deal with Universal TV, the studio behind the “Law & Order” franchise, which will keep him as showrunner and exec producer on the series for two years.
Eid hails from the Dick Wolf and “Law & Order” camp, having served as co-exec producer on the flagship series from 2005-07 and as a supervising producer on “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” He served as a writer on both series and penned two episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He also co-created the short-lived NBC crime drama “Conviction” with Wolf in 2006.
“I’m extremely pleased that Rick had decided to rejoin the family and hope that he will be here for years to come,” said “Law & Order: SVU” creator and exec producer Dick Wolf.
Leight’s departure after the current season comes as he as he is entering a hefty three-year overall deal with Sony Television for which he’ll exclusively develop new projects. He has been at the helm of “SVU” since season 13, entering the powerhouse police procedural right as star Christopher Meloni was leaving the series.
Most recently, Eid was exec producer on “Hostages” at CBS and showrunner on “Dark Blue” at TNT. He is repped by WME.