Dawn Olmstead Gets Expanded Role at NBCUniversal Cable

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The exec also will oversee development at unscripted banner Wilshire Studios.

Dawn Olmstead is expanding her purview.

The Universal Cable Productions exec has been promoted to executive vp development for Wilshire Studios. In her new position, she will oversee development for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment studio specializing in unscripted content, in addition to her continued role as head of development for UCP.

Olmstead will report to NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief content officer and president of UCP and Wilshire Studios Jeff Wachtel.

“Dawn is, quite simply, one of the best in the business,” said Wachtel. “She’s been instrumental in elevating UCP’s profile and making it a ‘go-to’ studio for prominent industry players as well as up-and-coming talent," Wachtel said in a statement. "She has a keen eye for mining great storytelling and is a passionate advocate for projects she believes in. We will be creating powerful, breakthrough shows with Dawn at the development helm.”

Olmstead first joined UCP in January 2014 and has since played an important role in developing new series like Golden Globe winner Mr. Robot for USA, and The Magicians for Syfy. Before her move to UCP, Olmstead served as an executive producer on UCP's Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce as well as Prison Break and Tru Calling. She began her career as a producer for Saturday Night Live and The Jon Stewart Show, before taking a job as vp development and original programming at MTV in 2000. 

Olmstead replaces former Wilshire Studios development head Gary Auerbach (Laguna Beach), who departed last year to return to producing. He subsequently signed a first-look deal with Gail Berman's The Jackal Group.

Wilshire Studios' projects include Fashion Police, E! True Hollywood Story and The Soup, which wrapped in December after more than 12 years.

The expansion of Olmstead's duties follows a major reorganization at NBCUniversal Cable under Bonnie Hammer that gave new and expanded roles to several key veterans, including former Syfy president Dave Howe and former USA president Chris McCumber.

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