With nearly four decades at the studio, Dick Wolf has extended his overall deal with Universal Television, now spanning through 2027. Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television currently boast nine series on the air, encompassing the “Law & Order” franchise, the “One Chicago” franchise, and the “FBI” franchise. This announcement follows NBC’s recent renewals for series like “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Med,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” all secured for additional seasons. Additionally, CBS provided double-renewals for “FBI,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” and “FBI: International” through the 2023-24 season in 2022.
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The “FBI,” “One Chicago,” and “Law & Order” franchises consistently secure high ratings for NBC and CBS, frequently ranking as the most-watched telecasts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, respectively. In delayed Live + 7 viewing, all three “One Chicago” series are among the top 10 across genres in total viewers and the 18-49 demographic rating. Both “Law & Order: SVU” and “Organized Crime” are in the top 10 dramas in the demo rating. Notably, on April 4, “FBI” achieved its first-ever three-series crossover, attracting up to 6.4 million average viewers.
Wolf and Universal TV are also collaborating on Freevee’s upcoming half-hour police drama “On Call” (working title). Moreover, they are developing Wolf’s podcast “Dark Woods” into a series. Additionally, Universal Television Alternative Studio is partnering with Wolf Entertainment on unscripted projects, including CNBC and Oxygen’s “Blood & Money” and the upcoming NBC series “L.A. Fire & Rescue.”
“Universal Television has been my home for almost 40 years. It has been, and continues to be, one of the most successful partnerships in television, and I am thrilled that we are keeping the trains running another four years,” said Dick Wolf.
“Whether in the comfort of their home or on the treadmill at the gym, it’s a safe bet that almost every adult in the United States has viewed at least one episode of a Dick Wolf show at some point in their life. Dick is a cultural institution who has produced over 2,000 hours of television, and we are elated that he will continue to make Universal Television his home,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group. “With ten scripted shows presenting across multiple platforms and a new pipeline of unscripted series, Dick’s vision, creativity and love for television continue to be boundless, and we are proud to be his partners.”
The deal was negotiated by attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie (Ziffren Brittenham), WME’s Rick Rosen and Marc Korman, and Masami Yamamoto, president of business affairs and operations at Universal Studio Group.