Wolf Entertainment, the producer behind the beloved ‘Law & Order’, ‘One Chicago’ and ‘FBI’ TV franchises, is teaming up with partner Universal Studio Group to create a retail store focused on the international format distribution of its broadcasts. Today, CEO Dick Wolf and USG President Pearlena Igbokwe announced that the unit will be led by Executive Sales and Production Vet Leslie Jones.
“We’re getting back into the formats business, and I’m thrilled to have Leslie back doing what she does best…selling international formats of our shows,” Wolf said in a statement. “As our business grows and our brands expand, Leslie is the perfect partner to jump-start the business.”
“While the majority of Universal Studio Group content will continue to be sold through the NBCUniversal Formats team, we believe this targeted approach to our Wolf product will yield meaningful results,” added Igbokwe.
In conjunction with Universal Television, Wolf Entertainment is producing “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” – the longest-running prime-time drama series in television history – as well as “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Med,” “FBI,” “FBI Most Wanted,” “FBI: International,” and Wolf’s first streaming series, “On Call,” slated for release this year on IMDb TV. Wolf Entertainment also produces non-fiction series, podcasts, documentaries and films.
Jones has held numerous leadership positions during his corporate career at NBCUniversal, including roles in international sales and format production for NBCUniversal TV Position. Through her leadership, she landed the first scripted format deal for the company with the “Law & Order” brand, as well as the first international format deal for any U.S. procedural drama. This includes “Law & Order: UK”, the Russian versions of “Law & Order: SVU” and the Russian and French versions of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. She also oversaw worldwide program and format sales of NBC’s unscripted programming.