'Chicago P.D.' Showrunner Moves to ABC Studios With Rich Overall Deal (Exclusive)

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Matt Olmstead is moving from Chicago to ABC Studios.

In a competitive situation with offers from all the major studios, Olmstead has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the pact, which sources say is in the eight-figure range, Olmstead will create and produce new projects for the Disney-owned studio.

Olmstead most recently served as showrunner on NBC's Dick Wolf-produced Chicago P.D., stepping down in March. He spent four years at Universal Television-based Wolf Films, where he helped launch and eventually served as showrunner on Chicago Fire, co-created and ran Chicago P.D. and helped develop Chicago Med as well as oversaw multiple crossover episodes of the Chicago universe.

The deal reunites Olmstead with ABC Studios topper Patrick Moran, with whom he worked as an executive during his overall deal years at 20th Century Fox Television. Moran is said to have been instrumental in bringing Olmstead to ABC.

“My relationship with Matt goes back many years and I’ve wanted to work with him again for a long time," Moran told THR. "As his long list of stellar credits attests, Matt is that rare talent who can tell a great procedural story as well as a character-driven one. He’s the whole package and we’re thrilled he’s now calling ABC Studios home.”
Olmstead, repped by WME and Bloom Hergott, came up under Steven Bochco and was an exec producer on NYPD Blue for multiple seasons. His credits include serving as showrunner on the first four seasons of Prison Break as well as co-creating Breakout Kings.

Olmstead joins a roster of producers at ABC Studios including Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore, among others.