Warren Leight, the former showrunner for "Criminal Intent" and the recent drama "Lights Out," was chosen by NBC and Dick Wolf to run "Law & Order: SVU" as executive producer and showrunner.
Neal Baer ends his run as SVU showrunner this season and moves to develop series at CBS Television Studios, reports Variety.
Leight's experience with "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" began in 2002, serving as executive producer of the series the last two years, according to Variety.
Leight's drama series "Lights Out" starring Holt McCallany, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach had an ardent following of fans, including this site as well as many stars and industry insiders. But the numbers failed to ignite FX, who ended the show in one season. The network announced the cancellation with two more episodes left to air, unlike the drama "Terriers" where they made fans wait until the finale ended.