TV Academy Names New Theater After Dick and Noelle Wolf

The space, named for a gift from the prolific TV producer, his wife and the Wolf Family Foundation, will open with the new Saban Media Center in June.

With the Television Academy's revamped campus coming together in the next month, the group announced Monday that the centerpiece cinema in its new Saban Media Center will be named after Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.

The Wolf Theatre, named for a generous gift from Dick and Noelle Wolf and the Wolf Family Foundation, will open with the new campus during the upcoming 70th anniversary gala on June 2.

“All of us at the Television Academy are truly grateful for the extraordinary generosity of Dick and Noelle Wolf,” said Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Dick’s amazing history of creative excellence and the Wolfs’ strong philanthropic spirit are unparalleled. It makes us proud to know that programs presented in our Wolf Theatre will be an inspiration to the next generation for decades to come. We are also thrilled to be working with Dick, Noelle and the Alliance for Children’s Rights as our foundation builds an exciting and ground-breaking program to support television industry education programs for foster youth.”

In addition to creating Law & Order and its many spinoffs, Wolf is responsible for NBC's sprawling Chicago TV empire and a growing number of unscripted series on the network. The Wolf gift includes an endowment for collaboration between the Academy Foundation and the Alliance for Children's Rights — an attempt to bridge foster youth with opportunities in the TV industry.
“The Wolf Family Foundation’s primary focus is on education,” said Dick and Noelle Wolf in a statement. “We see a tremendous opportunity through the Television Academy Foundation and the Alliance for Children’s Rights to provide opportunities to foster youth. Through the designated internship programs, disadvantaged students now can have life-changing career paths.  Doors that were previously closed may now be opened. The television industry thrives on diversity, and by giving the gift of education to students who have had a difficult path, the industry will be richer.”