Chicago Fire’s ‘Matt Olmstead’ Signs Deal With Universal
Matt Olmstead Will Continue As Showrunner Under His New Pact With Universal TV
Matt Olmstead has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal Television, Deadline reports. The executive producer of NBC’s fiery series Chicago Fire and co-creator / executive producer of upcoming spinoff Chicago PD will continue as showrunner on both series under the pact.
Olmstead joins co-creators and executive producers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, as well as executive producer Dick Wolf in developing both series. Universal TV’s EVP Bela Bajaria says on the deal with Olmstead: “Matt is an experienced and creative showrunner and we were thrilled with his stellar work on Chicago Fire. We look forward to extending our relationship with him on Chicago PD and at Universal TV.”
Olmstead has a number of impressive credentials, including writing and executive producing on Fox’s series Prison Break (2005-2009), executive producing on A&E’s Breakout Kings (2011-2012), writing for series Blind Justice (2005) and writing and producing on NYPD Blue (1999-2005). His is credited for drawing Chicago Fire to the end of a successful first season, which boasted high ratings, gained an early renewal and crafted a spinoff – a rare occurrence for a new series.