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Development vet Danielle Claman Gelber, who was integral in developing NBC’s “Chicago” franchise, is transitioning from Wolf Entertainment to the network where she has inked an independent production deal, Variety has learned.
With the new production pact, Gelber will develop scripted series for NBC.
Gelber joined Dick Wolf’s company in 2011 and was head of development. Sources say there is no replacement for her position at this time.
“Danielle was an important member of the team as we developed ‘Chicago Fire,'” Wolf commented. “Lightning struck and we were off to the races with a hugely successful brand. With her passion for quality scripted projects, this is a logical and smart evolution to her successful career. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Dick Wolf strolled down memory lane Saturday night at PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre, surrounded by stars of his current Chicago trilogy shows “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire,” as well as “Law and Order: Svu.” Clad in his usual uniform of all-black and bright orange socks, the actors paid tribute to Wolf as they talked about being part of his television empire.
The Chicago table is getting “a fourth leg” as Wolf described it, with “Chicago Justice.” Wolf announced that Carl Weathers will be part of the “Chicago Justice” cast, playing Illinois State’s attorney Mark Jefferies, and co-star opposite Philip Winchester, Nazneen Contractor and Joelle Carter.
About the assembled panel of talent that included Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Ice-t, Jason Beghe, Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Sophia Bush and Torrey DeVitto, Wolf said, “the thing all these actors have in common is that they’re all »
- Diane Gordon
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey has joined the upcoming Syfy movie “Sharknado 4,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Bailey will play Tech Addison opposite fellow new addition Tommy Davidson. Davidson will play Elon Musk type “Aston Reynolds,” a playboy tech billionaire whose revolutionary energy system can stabilize the atmosphere and prevent the formation of tornadoes. Bailey will appear opposite Davidson as one of Astro-x’s top rocket scientists and astrophysicists. Before she joined Bravo’s “Rhoa,” Bailey guest starred on several series including “The Cosby Show” and “New York Undercover” and in movies such as “Without You I’m »
- Joe Otterson and Matt Donnelly
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