EducationCalifornia State University, Chico NominationsEdgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay Movies and TV showsChicago PD, Breakout Kings, Chicago Med, Blind Justice, Interpretation SimilarNick Santora, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Dick Wolf, Paul Scheuring
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Matt Olmstead is an American writer and producer for television shows.
Olmstead graduated from California State University, Chico in 1988. He is an alumnus of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He went to Hollywood in hopes of being a script writer. Olmstead eventually worked with an agent, who set him up with Steven Bochco. After 10 minutes of talking, Bochco offered him to write an episode for the show NYPD Blue.
In 1993, Olmstead wrote for the television series NYPD Blue. The series was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch. It focused on a single homicide unit in New York City. Olmstead eventually became an Executive Producer of NYPD Blue, and became a Producer in 2002.
Olmstead worked as a writer on the series Brooklyn South in 1997. The series was created by Milch and Bochco along with William M. Finkelstein and ex-police officer Bill Clark. The show detailed the lives of a single precinct of police patrol officers. Olmstead wrote four episodes for the series first season. The series was canceled after completing its first season.
He also worked as a writer and producer for NYPD 2069 in 2004. In 2005, he was one of the creators of the show Blind Justice. He wrote the Pilot and Episode 3. The show was canceled in June 2005 after just 13 episodes.
In 2012, Olmstead joined Chicago Fire as an executive producer. In 2014, he co-created the spin-off Chicago P.D..
Chicago P.D. (2014–present)
Olmstead is the co-creator of Chicago P.D. alongside Dick Wolf, and acts as the show's showrunner. He has written a number of episodes and is an executive producer on every episode.
1.01 – "Stepping Stone" (January 8, 2014)
1.12 – "8:30 pm" (April 30, 2014) (story co-written with Dick Wolf, teleplay by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas)
2.01 – "Call It Macaroni" (September 24, 2014)
2.07 – "They'll Have to Go Through Me" (November 11, 2014) (story co-written with Dick Wolf, teleplay by Maisha Closson)
2.17 – "Say Her Real Name" (March 25, 2015) (story co-written with Dick Wolf, teleplay by Craig Gore & Tim Walsh)
2.20 – "The Number of Rats" (April 29, 2015) (story co-written with Warren Leight, teleplay co-written with Cole Maliska]]
Chicago Fire (2012–present)
Olmstead is the showrunner of Chicago Fire joining the show as an executive producer after the show's pilot. Olmstead has written a number of episodes and is an executive producer from episode 2 onwards.
1.03 – "Professional Courtesy" (October 24, 2012)
1.12 – "Under the Knife" (January 9, 2013) (co-written with Ryan Rege Harris)
1.14 – "A Little Taste" (February 6, 2013) (co-written with Hilly Hicks, Jr.
1.17 – "Better to Lie" (February 27, 2013) (co-written with Ryan Rege Harris)