Universal Cable Productions has made some key moves to reshape the leadership of its development team. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the company hired Dawn Parouse Olmstead of “Prison Break” to lead the team.
The hiring of Olmstead marks the first big executive move from Jeff Wachtel, who became the president of NBCU Cable Entertainment in September, Andreeva notes.
Additionally, Richard Rothstein, senior vice president of development and current programming, will be in charge of the studio’s current scripted series, the story reports.
Olmstead and Rothstein will both report to Wachtel, with Olmstead taking the title of executive vice president development.
“It’s a real coup for us to land a creative producer at Dawn’s level to spearhead our newly escalating effort to create and own original content,” Wachtel said. “She is one of the smartest and most focused producers I’ve ever met, and she is the perfect person to take our in-house scripted studio to the next level.”
Wachtel also said the company has been in need of centralized oversight for its growing number of existing series.
“Richard has been a key member of the team that has created one of the best series-to-success ratios in the business,” he said.
The hiring of Olmstead came after weeks of negotiations, Andreeva writes. Olmstead currently has a lot of projects in the works, including Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” which is produced by UCP, and Lifetime’s “The Lottery.”