Wolf Films Veteran Danielle Gelber Re-Ups Deal With Universal TV

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Danielle Claman Gelber is staying put at Universal Television.

The former head of development at Dick Wolf's Uni-based Wolf Films banner has re-upped her first-look deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the new pact, she will develop and executive produce new programming for a wide variety of platforms. The renewal comes shortly after the launch of her own television production company, Acoustic Productions.

Gelber departed Wolf Films in 2016 for a first-look deal with Universal Television. During the first year of her deal, she teamed with Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore and showrunner Kerry Ehrin on a character drama titled Long Distance.

During her five-year tenure working with Law & Order creator Wolf, Gelber served as an exec producer on Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.

Before joining Wolf Films in 2011, Gelber served as senior vp original programming at Showtime Networks, where she was behind the successful series The Big C, Episodes (Showtime's first collaboration with BBC) and Weeds, among others. Before that, she was senior vp drama series programming at Fox and developed such shows as The X-FilesParty of Five, Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210. Before Fox, Gelber served as director of television development for Aaron Spelling's Spelling Television, where she helped manage series including Dynasty and The Love Boat.

“I’ve known Danielle since we were colleagues at Showtime and she’s always had wonderful taste in material and a keen eye for writing talent," Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe said in a statement. "I couldn’t be happier that she and I will get to continue our collaboration at Universal Televison.”

At Universal TV, Gelber joins many other members of Wolf Films family including fellow Chicago Fire co-creator and showrunner Derek Haas, Chicago Fire co-executive producer Michael Gilvary and Chicago P.D. showrunner Rick Eid, as well as Wolf, who is currently under a massive five-year overall deal that runs through 2020.

“I'm thrilled to continue such an ongoing productive and fantastic relationship with longtime friends and colleagues, [NBC Entertainment chairman] Bob [Greenblatt], [NBC Entertainment president] Jen [Salke] and Pearlena through NBC and UTV," Gelber said. "I could not feel more supported, and I'm excited to cover a wide swath of creative territory with them in broadcast, cable and streaming."