Photo By Earl Brechlin

Television dynasty speaks at COA

Photo By Earl Brechlin
Steve Zirnkilton of Seal Harbor whose distinctive voice provides the narration at the opening of every episode of the series and its variations which, Wolf explained, now number more than 780 shows. At left is COA trustee Phillip Moriarty who introduced Mr. Wolf as a man who “needs no introduction.”

Law and Order television series producer and writer Dick Wolf, right, a seasonal resident of Mount Desert for nearly 50 years, was the featured speaker at the Champlain Society lecture at College of the Atlantic on Monday.

Wolf told the capacity crowd in the Gates Auditorium that he is working on spinoff shows from his latest hit “Chicago Fire.” They include “Chicago PD,” and possibly, “Chicago Medical.” Like other media outlets, television producers face challenges from technology including how to monetize the viewing of shows over download services, via Internet streaming, and by viewers who “binge watch” multiple episodes in a row and either fast forward through, or skip, commercials.

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Earl Brechlin

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Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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