‘Chicago Fire’ Executive Producer Promoted To Co-Showrunner Alongside Derek Haas

by Taylor Cunningham
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Andrea Newman will now be working alongside Derek Haas as the co-showrunner of NBC’s Chicago Fire.

According to a Deadline exclusive, executive producer Andrea Newman has been promoted following her 10-season run with NBC’s hit drama, which is a member of the One Chicago franchise.

Newman joined Chicago Fire immediately after its pilot episode and was promoted to executive producer during season 6.

“Andrea’s voice is embedded in the soul of Chicago Fire,” said Haas. “She’s an immensely gifted storyteller, manager, colleague, and friend. No one in Hollywood works harder or cares more about making great television than she.”

Newman and Hass produce Chicago Fire with creator Dick Wolf, who also started Chicago Med, Chicago PD and CBS’s FBI franchise. And they share their duties with Michel Gilvary, Reza Tabrizi and Wolf Entertainment’s Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

“Andrea has been an integral member of our Chicago Fire writing team since day one,” Peter Jankowski said. “Her support of Derek has been invaluable.”

Andrea Newman started her career as a New York City playwright. Before joining Chicago Fire, she served as a writer-producer on Felicity, Ed, Mister Sterling, and 24. As a co-executive producer, she worked on Cold Case, Private Practice, and Human Target. 

One ‘Chicago Fire’ Star Explains How Cast Has Become Like a Family

According to Christopher Herrmann actor David Eigenberg, the cast of Chicago Fire is one big family.

Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire premiered in 2012. And unlike most long-running shows, the series still has quite a few of its original cast members—it has nine, to be exact.

In a February interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Eigenberg said that, with almost a decade of screen time together, the actors have formed a unique bond.

“We’re all like family. It’s been nearly 10 years that we’ve been working on the show. And we’ve developed a friendship over the years,” he shared.

Out of all the actors on the show, his closest relationship is with Joe Cruz’s Joe Minoso, who has also been with the show since its inception.

“I really relate to Joe, and we have some common history,” Eigenbery added. “They wrote some really nice stuff for us and I was glad that they stepped into our current times a little bit, showing what’s good in this life and what’s destructive.”

The actor is also proud of Chicago Fire’s message. So he feels honored to be part of a series that preaches positivity.

“I don’t like the word bad — there’s good and there’s destructive,” David Eigenberg added. On this show, all the characters lean towards trying to survive the destruction and find the good, and I appreciate that deeply.”

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