Two-time Emmy Award-winning (and 13-time Emmy-nominated) and GRAMMY Award-winning producer and New York Times best-selling author Dick Wolf is one of television’s most-respected drama-series creator/producers and the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television – “Law & Order.” He serves as creator and executive producer of all of the “Law & Order”-branded series from Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, including “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which made television history with its historic 21st season, making it the longest-running live-action primetime series in the history of television (the series was tied with “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order”). And Wolf has extended his branding expertise to the Windy City with his Chicago-based series: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.”
“Law & Order” earned 11 consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominations – the record for most consecutive series Emmy nominations in the history of television (tied with “Cheers” and “M*A*S*H”) – and won the Emmy in that category in 1997. Additional accolades “Law & Order” has garnered include: the highly coveted Peabody Award; multiple Emmys; the Crystal Apple Award from the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting; the Writer’s Guild Award for Television; and numerous other high-ranking tributes.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has received seven Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning in 2006, and the show has earned five Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Emmys. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” completed its critically acclaimed and successful 10-year run in 2011, and other branded series include “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “Crime & Punishment” and “Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.”
Wolf has also expanded into non-fiction as executive producer of the series “First Responders Live,” “Murder for Hire,” “Cold Justice” and “Criminal Confessions.” He also executive produced the docu-series “Inside the FBI: New York” and the series “Nightwatch” and its spinoffs. Wolf Entertainment has also expanded into audio content, with the debut podcast “Hunted.”
Wolf’s company produced two award-winning documentaries: “Twin Towers,” the 2003 Academy Award-winning short documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, and “When You’re Strange,” the Emmy-nominated documentary about the Doors, which won a GRAMMY Award for Outstanding Longform Video in February 2011.
In 2007 Wolf executive produced the cable movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which won six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film tells the tragic and powerful story of the subjugation and cultural extermination of the Native American, and garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations, the most of the 2006-2007 television season. The film also received the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Picture Made for Television.
Wolf’s debut novel, The Intercept, was a New York Times bestselling thriller about Jeremy Fisk, a new kind of hero for a new kind of enemy, and his follow up book The Execution debuted in January 2014. The Ultimatum, the third installment of the series, was released in June 2015.
Wolf Entertainment’s feature arm will be producing “77” for Paramount, directed by Jared Leto and based on an original screenplay by James Ellroy. Wolf produced, with Fortress Films, the psychological thriller “The Super,” written by John J. McLaughlin (“Black Swan”) starring “Chicago P.D.’s” Patrick Flueger and distributed by Saban, which premiered in October 2018. Wolf wrote the screenplay for the hit Paramount release “School Ties,” was writer and executive producer of “Masquerade” and was writer and producer of “No Man’s Land.”
His personal accolades include: the Television Academy Hall of Fame (inducted 2013); the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award; the Producer’s Guild of America’s Norman Lear Showmanship Award; the DGA Honors; the Governor’s Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the Achievement Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors; the Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist’s Guild of America; the Monte Carlo Television Festival Gold Nymph Award; the Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival; and NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Award. On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on Hollywood’s world-famous Walk of Fame.
Wolf is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s annual Monte Carlo Television Festival and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community. He is also the founder and benefactor (with Marcy Carsey) of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Media at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as numerous philanthropic endeavors including MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Princess Grace Foundation and, through his Wolf Family Foundation, endowed the new Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy.