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Cold Justice Season Three Production Bios

Production Bios

Dick Wolf
Executive Producer

Two-time Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning producer and New York Times bestselling author Dick Wolf is one of television's most respected drama series creator/producers and the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television – Law & Order. He serves as creator and executive producer of all of the Law & Order- branded series from Wolf Films and Universal Television (including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in its 16th season on NBC). And Wolf has extended his branding expertise to the Windy City, where his two NBC series- Chicago Fire and Chicago PD are two of NBC's top dramas with Chicago Fire entering its third season and Chicago PD beginning its second season in September. Wolf is also Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed TNT reality series Cold Justice, which is currently in its second season.

Wolf is also Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed TNT reality series Cold Justice. Cold Justice follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they travel to small towns around the country in order to help local law enforcement look into murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or closure. Cold Justice has become a bonafide hit for TNT and is the flagship series for Wolf's new non-fiction arm, Wolf Reality, with other projects including DOA and Nightwatch for A&E and 3 A.M. for Showtime.

Wolf Films also produced two award-winning documentaries. Twin Towers is the 2003 Academy Award®-winning short documentary about two brothers, one a policeman and the other a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11. When You're Strange is the Emmy-nominated documentary about The Doors, which also won a Grammy Award for Outstanding Longform Video in February 2011.

In 2007, Wolf executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO original movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which won six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film tells the tragic and powerful story of the subjugation and cultural extermination of the Native American, and garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations, the most of the 2006-2007 television season. The film also received the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critic's Choice Award for Best Picture Made for Television.

Wolf's debut novel, The Intercept, is a New York Times bestselling thriller about Jeremy Fisk, a new kind of hero for a new kind of enemy and his follow up book, The Execution debuted in January 2014 and, like its predecessor, was both popular and critically acclaimed. Wolf is currently working on the third installment of the series.

Wolf's Law & Order - branded series continue to rewrite the annals of television history. Law & Order, which ran a remarkable 20 seasons on NBC, is tied with Gunsmoke as the longest-running drama series on television. It earned 11 consecutive Outstanding Drama Series Emm® nominations – the record for most consecutive series Emmy nominations in the history of television (tied with Cheers and M*A*S*H) – and won the coveted Emmy in that category in 1997. Additional accolades Law & Order has garnered include: the highly coveted Peabody Award; multiple Emmys; the Crystal Apple Award from the New York City's Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting; the Writer's Guild Award for Television and numerous other high ranking tributes.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been one of the network's top performers and is the longest-running current drama on television. Star Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson, has received seven Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning in 2006, and the show has earned five Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Emmys. Law & Order: Criminal Intent completed its critically acclaimed and successful 10-year run on NBC and USA Network in 2011. Other branded series include Law & Order: Los Angeles, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, Crime & Punishment and Exiled: A Law & Order Movie.

Wolf has been a creative force in television for more than 25 years, with an illustrious career as a top advertising executive and continuing as one of television's most prolific producer/writers with such series as Conviction, L.A. Dragnet, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, New York Undercover, Arrest & Trial, South Beach, Feds and Players. Among his feature film credits is the screenplay for the hit Paramount release School Ties, writer and executive producer of Masquerade and writer and producer of No Man's Land.

Wolf's personal accolades include the Television Academy Hall of Fame (inducted 2013); the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2002 Tribute from the Museum of Television and Radio (now the Paley Center for Media); the Producer's Guild of America's Norman Lear Showmanship Award; the DGA Honors; the Governor's Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the 1997 Achievement Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors; the 1998 Television Showman of the Year Award from the Publicist's Guild of America; the Award of Excellence from the Banff Television Festival; and NATPE's 2007 Brandon Tartikoff Award. On March 29, 2007, Wolf received a star on Hollywood's world-famous Walk of Fame. Wolf is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality's annual Monte Carlo Television Festival which is celebrating its 55th anniversary next year, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community. He is also the founder (with Marcy Carsey) of the prestigious Carsey-Wolf Center for Media at the University of California, Santa Barbara and, with his wife, Noelle, is a benefactor to numerous philanthropic endeavors including the Santa Barbara Children's Museum, the Alliance for Children's Rights and the Princess Grace Foundation.

 

Dan Cutforth
Executive Producer

Dan Cutforth was born and raised in England. He started his career at the BBC in 1990 as a researcher in the quaintly named Light Entertainment department. He moved to independent production company Planet 24 to join the team that started up The Big Breakfast, an anarchic and influential morning show. In the mid-'90s, Cutforth moved to New York to head up U.S. operations for Planet 24. While working there, he helped develop Survivor and produced The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show. After a six-month sojourn in the UK to re-launch and re-brand The Big Breakfast, Cutforth returned to the U.S. to produce two seasons of the primetime series Whose Line is it Anyway? before joining forces with Jane Lipsitz to create Bands on the Run for VH1.

In 2001, Cutforth and Lipsitz founded Magical Elves and since then have been nominated for numerous Emmys®, culminating in a win in 2010 for Outstanding Reality Competition for Top Chef. In 2008, they received a Peabody Award for Project Runway, the first reality show to be honored by the organization. Project Runway is one of four Magical Elves shows named by Entertainment Weekly in their list of the 20 Best Reality Shows of All Time along with Top Chef, Bands on the Run and Project Greenlight. February 2011 saw the Magical Elves first major motion picture release, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film received critical acclaim and is currently the 3rd highest grossing documentary of all time. They followed that film up in 2012 with their directorial debut, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Other notable credits include NBC's Fashion Star, Last Comic Standing and Treasure Hunters, Showtime's, The Real L Word, WeTV's, Braxton Family Values, and Around the World in 80 Plates, Gallery Girls, Work of Art, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts and the award winning documentary Hunger Hits Home for The Food Network. 

 

Jane Lipsitz
Executive Producer

Jane Lipsitz grew up in New York City. She began her career in the music business, working first at ICM then at Polygram Diversified Entertainment, where she earned her stripes as a producer during the 40-hour television coverage of Woodstock. In the mid-'90s, she was hired as an independent producer for VH1's development department. By the time she left her position as Senior Vice President of Development and Production, she had developed, produced and overseen hundreds of shows including Pop Up Video, The List and Bands on the Run.

In 2001, Cutforth and Lipsitz founded Magical Elves and since then have been nominated for numerous Emmys®, culminating in a win in 2010 for Outstanding Reality Competition for Top Chef. In 2008, they received a Peabody Award for Project Runway, the first reality show to be honored by the organization. Project Runway is one of four Magical Elves shows named by Entertainment Weekly in their list of the 20 Best Reality Shows of All Time along with Top Chef, Bands on the Run and Project Greenlight. February 2011 saw the Magical Elves first major motion picture release, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film received critical acclaim and is currently the 3rd highest grossing documentary of all time. They followed that film up in 2012 with their directorial debut, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Other notable credits include NBC's Fashion Star, Last Comic Standing and Treasure Hunters, Showtime's, The Real L Word, WeTV's, Braxton Family Values, and Around the World in 80 Plates, Gallery Girls, Work of Art, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts and the award winning documentary Hunger Hits Home for The Food Network. 

 

Tom Thayer
Executive Producer

Tom Thayer is executive producer of all Wolf Reality programming, including TNT's Cold Justice and its upcoming spinoff. Thayer is partnered with one of television's top producers, Dick Wolf, on the non-fiction venture.

Thayer is an independent producer who formerly served as President of Universal Television, and before that founding President of MCA Television Entertainment, which was MCA/Universal's premiere venture into cable programming that resulted in Dream On for HBO and some 40 cable television films.

Thayer formed his production company, Traveler's Rest Films, after leaving Universal, and is responsible for producing the films The Great Gatsby with Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens and Paul Rudd; the John McCain biography Faith of my Fathers and the multiple Emmy® Award-winning HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (which he also produced with Wolf). Bury My Heart won six Emmy Awards including Outstanding Television Movie, the Critics Choice Award, the PGA and DGA Awards and the Humanitas Prize.

In 2008, Thayer produced a four-hour adaptation of Michael Crichton's best-seller The Andromeda Strain, with Ridley Scott. In 2012, Thayer produced a theatrical biography of Alfred Hitchcock for Fox Searchlight starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.