Derek Haas is leaving Wolf Entertainment. The writer-producer, who co-created “Chicago Fire” and serves as co-showrunner on both the NBC show and CBS’s “FBI: International,” will leave Dick Wolf’s company upon the conclusion of the current TV season. diversity can report exclusively.
“Although I am leaving Wolf Entertainment next year to focus on creating new shows, I am fully committed to delivering fantastic episodes of ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘FBI: International’ through the conclusion of the current seasons,” says Haas in a statement. “I learned everything I know about storytelling, pacing, characters, production values and hiring the best cast, crew and staff from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski, and as hard as it is to leave a place you love and the one to call home Over a decade, including incredible support from Universal Television, NBC and CBS, I look forward to building my own brand in entertainment.”
He adds, “That means there are still many, many twists and turns to write about these two shows through May, so stay tuned for some epic surprises.”
Haas first met with Wolf Entertainment in 2011 and co-launched Chicago Fire (and the One Chicago franchise) with co-creator Michael Brandt in 2012. He serves as executive producer and co-showrunner on the case, which is currently in its 11 Andrea Neumann. He is executive producer of the two spin-offs Chicago PD and Chicago Med, airing their 10th and eighth seasons respectively.
In 2021, he co-developed FBI: International with Wolf and served as showrunner on both seasons. The serial films in Budapest, Hungary.
Outside of TV, Haas co-wrote the screenplays for 2 Fast 2 Furious, Catch That Kid, 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted and Overdrive. He has also written six novels, including the series The Silver Bear.
The news comes amid many casting changes at Wolf Entertainment; Jesse Lee Soffer left Chicago PD early in the season, while Guy Lockard, Sarah Rafferty and Asjha Cooper left Chicago Med and Jimmy Nicholas left Chicago Fire. Brian Tee will leave the medical drama later this season.
Meanwhile, Kelli Giddish was cut from Law & Order: SVU this year and her final episode will air next month.