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The Producers

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Dick Wolf - Executive Producer


Two-time Emmy winning and Grammy winning producer, and New York Times bestselling 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 Films and Universal Television (including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in its 14th season on NBC). And Wolf is currently producing the new high profile NBC series Chicago Fire, which has been picked up for a full season.

In addition, Wolf's debut novel, The Intercept, (William Morrow/Hardcover), a compelling thriller about a new kind of hero for a new kind of enemy, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over a month.

Wolf's company produced 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 September 11. Wolf Films also produced the Grammy winning and Emmy nominated When You're Strange, a critically acclaimed documentary about The Doors. When You're Strange earned a Grammy Award for Outstanding Long form Video in February 2011.

In 2007, Wolf executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO original 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 Law & Order series continue to rewrite the annals of television history. Law & Order, which ran a remarkable 20 seasons on NBC, is tied with Gunsmoke as the longest-running drama series on television. It has earned eleven 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 coveted Emmy in that category in 1997. Law & Order's other accolades 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, in its 14th year on NBC, has been one of the network's top performers. Star Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson, 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 on NBC and USA Network in 2011, and other branded series include Law & Order: Los Angeles (LOLA), Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Crime & Punishment and Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.

Wolf has been a creative force in television for more than 25 years, with an illustrious career as a top advertising executive and continuing as one of television's most prolific producer/writers with such series as Conviction, L.A. Dragnet, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, New York Undercover, Arrest & Trial, South Beach, Feds and Players. Among his feature film credits is the screenplay for the hit Paramount release School Ties, writer and executive producer of Masquerade and writer and producer of No Man's Land.

His personal honors and such awards include: induction into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame (2013); the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio (now the Paley Center for Media); 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 1997 achievement award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors; the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist's Guild of America; the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival and NATPE's 2007 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 prestigious annual television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.

Dan Cutforth - Executive Producer


Dan Cutforth was born and raised in England. He started his career at the BBC in 1990 as a researcher in the quaintly-named "Light Entertainment" department. He moved to independent production company Planet 24 to join the team that started up The Big Breakfast, an anarchic and influential morning show. In the mid-'90s, Cutforth moved to New York to head up U.S. operations for Planet 24. While working there, he helped develop Survivor and produced The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show. After a six-month sojourn in the UK to re-launch and re-brand The Big Breakfast, Cutforth returned to the U.S. to produce two seasons of the primetime series Whose Line is it Anyway? before joining forces with Jane Lipsitz to create Bands on the Run for VH1.

In 2001, Cutforth and Lipsitz founded Magical Elves and since then have been nominated for numerous Emmys , culminating in a win in 2010 for Outstanding Reality Competition for Top Chef. In 2008, they received a Peabody Award for Project Runway, the first reality show to be honored by the organization. Project Runway is one of four Magical Elves shows named by Entertainment Weekly in their list of the "20 Best Reality Shows of All Time" along with Top Chef, Bands on the Run and Project Greenlight. February 2011 saw the Magical Elves first major motion picture release, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film received critical acclaim and is currently the 3rd highest grossing documentary of all time. They followed that film up in 2012 with their directorial debut, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Other notable credits include NBC's Fashion Star, Last Comic Standing and Treasure Hunters, Showtime's, The Real L Word, WeTV's, Braxton Family Values, and Around the World in 80 Plates, Gallery Girls, Work of Art, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts for Bravo.

Jane Lipsitz - Executive Producer


Jane Lipsitz grew up in New York City. She began her career in the music business, working first at ICM then at Polygram Diversified Entertainment, where she earned her stripes as a producer during the 40-hour television coverage of Woodstock. In the mid-'90s, she was hired as an independent producer for VH1's development department. By the time she left her position as Senior Vice President of Development and Production, she had developed, produced and overseen hundreds of shows including Pop Up Video, The List and Bands on the Run.

In 2001, Cutforth and Lipsitz founded Magical Elves and since then have been nominated for numerous Emmys , culminating in a win in 2010 for Outstanding Reality Competition for Top Chef. In 2008, they received a Peabody Award for Project Runway, the first reality show to be honored by the organization. Project Runway is one of four Magical Elves shows named by Entertainment Weekly in their list of the "20 Best Reality Shows of All Time" along with Top Chef, Bands on the Run and Project Greenlight. February 2011 saw the Magical Elves first major motion picture release, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film received critical acclaim and is currently the 3rd highest grossing documentary of all time. They followed that film up in 2012 with their directorial debut, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Other notable credits include NBC's Fashion Star, Last Comic Standing and Treasure Hunters, Showtime's, The Real L Word, WeTV's, Braxton Family Values, and Around the World in 80 Plates, Gallery Girls, Work of Art, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts for Bravo.

Tom Thayer - Executive Producer


Thayer was the last President of Universal Television for 6 years, through the Seagram acquisition in '97. Prior to that, he was appointed the founding President of MCA Television Entertainment, which was MCA / Universal's premiere venture into cable programming that resulted in Dream On for HBO and some 40 pictures for cable television. Since the sale of MCA, Thayer has run his own production company, Traveler's Rest Films. Thayer's productions include The Great Gatsby with Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens and Paul Rudd, the John McCain biography, Faith of My Fathers, and the HBO adaptation of Dee Brown's classic, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee was the most Emmy nominated picture in the history of HBO, and was tied for the most Emmy nominated picture in the history of television. It won six Emmy Awards, including Best Picture for 2007, the Critics Choice Award, the PGA and DGA Awards, and the Humanitas. The following year Thayer produced a four-hour adaptation of Michael Crichton's bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, with Co-Producer Ridley Scott. The Andromeda Strain aired on A&E in May 2008. It was the second highest rated telecast in the network's history and was nominated for seven Emmy Awards. In May 2012, Thayer produced a theatrical biography of Alfred Hitchcock for Fox Searchlight. Hitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson and is directed by Sacha Gervasi. Thayer's television series, Ghosthunters, which is produced with Craig Piligian and Pilgrim Films, is going into its ninth season on the SciFi Network. In January 2012, Thayer and Dick Wolf started a venture to develop non-scripted television programming. They are currently prepping five series.

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