UCP development exec adds oversight of Wilshire Studios

Dawn Olmstead (pictured), executive VP of development at Universal Cable Production, has an expanded remit that will include oversight of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment-owned unscripted prodco, Wilshire Studios.
March 16, 2016

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has promoted Dawn Olmstead (pictured) to executive VP of development at Wilshire Studios.

In her new position, Olmstead will be responsible for overseeing the development of unscripted content at the Ice Loves Coco producer, while continuing in her remit as head of development at scripted studio Universal Cable Productions (UCP). She reports to Jeff Wachtel, CCO at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of Wilshire Studios and UCP.

Olmstead will replace Gary Auerbach, the studio’s former executive VP of programming and development, who departed the company last year and inked a first-look deal with Santa Monica-based The Jackal Group, a venture between CEO Gail Berman and Fox Networks Group.

Olmstead previously served as an executive producer on MTV’s Fear and HBO’s feature-length documentary The Living Museum, as well as on a host of scripted series for networks including Fox and Bravo. As executive VP of development at UCP, she has developed such scripted series as USA’s Mr. Robot and Syfy’s The Magicians.


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