As revealed by Deadline on November 12, 2021, longtime “Chicago Fire” co-executive producer Andrea Newman is officially a co-showrunner. She has been a part of the series since it began, but it wasn’t until Season 6 that she landed the EP spot. Newman will work alongside fellow showrunner Derek Haas going forward, who said, “Andrea’s voice is embedded in the soul of ‘Chicago Fire,'” and that “no one in Hollywood works harder or cares more about making great television than she.” — calling her “an immensely gifted storyteller, manager, colleague, and friend.”
The COO of Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, also shared some kind words about Newman, referring to her as “an integral member of our ‘Chicago Fire’ writing team since day one.” Although, while Andrea Newman’s promotion on its own is certainly a cause for celebration, it made some incredible history as well. With “Chicago P.D.” showrunner Gwen Sigan and Diane Frolov of “Chicago Med,” this is the first time that every title in the “Chicago” franchise has had female showrunner at the forefront simultaneously.
Given Andrea Newman’s glowing endorsement from Derek Haas, her experience working on “Chicago Fire,” and her lengthy TV résumé that includes such projects as “Felicity,” “24,” and “Cold Case,” it goes without saying that she’s the perfect person for the job.