‘Carnival Row’ Erik Oleson CrimeThink Production Company – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Erik Oleson, showrunner of the second season of Amazon carnivalrow, starts his own production company.
Oleson has launched CrimeThink, which will be based at Amazon Studios, where Oleson is currently under an exclusive three-year global contract.
He will be joined in the company by Paul Shapiro as Head of Content. Shapiro recently left RKO Pictures, where he was president, and he previously launched the television division at Stampede Ventures, was head of scripted programming at Syfy, where he developed series such as 12 monkeys and The Expanse.
He will be joined by Lauren Rovere, who will act as Corporate Coordinator.
In addition to the showrunning of the second season of carnivalrow, Oleson is developing a television series based on G.I. Joe’s Lady Jaye for Amazon. It comes from Paramount Television, eOne and Skydance Television studios.
He also served as showrunner and executive producer for the third season of Marvel’s daredevil and executive producer of Amazon’s second season The Man in the High Castle.
The company seeks to develop high-concept dramas and franchises for Oleson to show and also builds a creative incubator for other storytellers with unique voices they can mentor into future showrunners.
“For us, whether a show is an original genre mash-up or an epic based on a major IP, it’s the core ideas that a show explores that matters most,” Oleson said. “Paul is the perfect person to help build CrimeThink. Along with an impressive track record, great taste and a great reputation, we share a vision for the business. We want our stories to be both entertaining and addictive while having something meaningful to say.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Erik and help him build his business,” Shapiro said. “He’s a hugely creative and collaborative showrunner with an ‘Orwelian’ vision he applies to everything he does, challenging public expectations and popular ideas. That’s the heart of CrimeThink’s ethos and clearly evident in the work he has done.Our partnership with Amazon Studios makes CrimeThink a one-stop-shop for guiding world-building ideas for a global audience.