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Erik Oleson is an American television writer and producer.

Erik Oleson
OccupationTelevision writer, producer
Years active2002 - present

He is well known for his work on the CBS procedural Unforgettable, The CW superhero series Arrow, and the third season of Netflix superhero series Daredevil.


His first effort in show business was on the Canadian/American drama Andromeda, writing an excerpt for the episode "The Things We Cannot Change". He would also write another installment of the series, "The Prince".[1]

Oleson went on to write for such series as The Agency, Jack & Bobby, E-Ring, Chase, The Mob Doctor, Crisis and Kings.[1]

He co-wrote the 2008 TV movie Blue Blood, with Neil Tolkin, for director Brett Ratner.


In 2011, Oleson joined the CBS drama Unforgettable, as a writer and co-executive producer. He ultimately contributed to four episodes ("Up in Flames", "With Honor", "Trajectories", "Blind Alleys") before his departure in 2012.


In summer 2014, Oleson was hired as a writer and co-executive producer on The CW's Green Arrow origin series Arrow. His first contribution being the third-season episode "Corto Maltese", which he co-wrote with Beth Schwartz. He and co-producer Keto Shimizu co-wrote the sixth episode of the season, "Guilty". He and executive producer Marc Guggenheim co-wrote the first installment of 2015, and the 10th episode of the third season, "Left Behind". It introduced the Green Arrow nemesis Brick. He and Guggenheim co-scripted the fourteenth episode of the season, "The Return". It was a flashback centric installment; featuring the reappearance of Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). He, along with co-producer Ben Sokolowski, co-wrote a teleplay, based on a story by Sokolowski and co-executive producer Wendy Mericle, for the seasons fifteenth installment, "Nanda Parbat". His final outing for the season was with the 22nd episode, "This Is Your Sword", which he wrote the story for; while Brian Ford Sullivan and Sokolowski co-wrote the teleplay and Wendey Stanzler directed.

He departed the series after a one-year tenure, stating that he would be moving on to develop a new potential series for Jack & Bobby and Arrow co-creator Greg Berlanti.[2]


In October 2017, it was reported that Oleson would serve as the showrunner for season 3 of Daredevil.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Erik Oleson". Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Oleson, Erik (June 4, 2015). "@Skylicity The @ARROWwriters are gonna lose weight this season, since I have left the show to create a new one for @GBerlanti!". Twitter. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic (25 October 2017). "'Daredevil' Brings Back Vincent D'Onofrio For Season 3; Erik Oleson Joins As New Showrunner".

External linksEdit

Erik Oleson on IMDb