Terence Winter

Terence Winter

Terence Winter in 2015
Born Terence Patrick Winter
(1960-10-02) October 2, 1960
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, director, television producer, film producer
Years active 1995–present

Terence Patrick Winter (born October 2, 1960)[1] is an American writer and producer of television and film. He is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire (2010–14). Before creating Boardwalk Empire, Winter was a writer and executive producer for the HBO television series The Sopranos, from the show's second to sixth and final season (2000–2007).[2] In 2013, he wrote the screenplay to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was also the co-creator, writer and executive producer of another HBO television drama series, Vinyl (2016), which premiered for one season.

Early life

Winter was born in New York City, New York. He attended New York University in New York City, where he received a bachelor's degree. He went on to attend St. John's University School of Law, and became a member of the bars of New York State and Connecticut. He practiced law for two years in New York City before moving to Los Angeles, California in 1991 to pursue a screenwriting career. He eventually won a spot in the Warner Bros. Sitcom Writers Workshop, and later joined the writing staff of the Fox series The Great Defender, starring Michael Rispoli, later a Sopranos cast member.


Early work

Prior to The Sopranos, Winter wrote for the series Sister, Sister, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Cosby Mysteries, Flipper, Diagnosis: Murder, Charlie Grace, DiResta and The PJs.[2]

2000–2007: The Sopranos

Winter wrote or co-wrote 25 episodes of The Sopranos. He also directed "Walk Like a Man".[3] In 2001, together with Tim Van Patten, Winter won both the Writers Guild Award and the Edgar Award for his episode "Pine Barrens," directed by Steve Buscemi. In 2004, Winter won two Emmys, one as Executive Producer for The Sopranos for Outstanding Drama Series, and one for Best Writing in a Drama Series for the episode "Long Term Parking."[2] He won another writing Emmy in 2006 for his episode "Members Only." Also in 2006, Winter wrote and directed an episode, "Walk Like a Man," for the show's final season. Winter won his second Writers Guild Award and his fourth Emmy when The Sopranos won Outstanding Drama Series. He won his third Writers Guild Award and the Pen USA award for his episode "The Second Coming," in 2008.[4][5][6] The Sopranos also won The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama in 2005 and 2008.

2010–14: Boardwalk Empire

Winter is Boardwalk Empire's creator, showrunner and head writer, with fifteen episodes credited to him, including: "Boardwalk Empire",[7] "The Ivory Tower",[8] "A Return to Normalcy",[9] "21", "Two Boats and a Lifeguard", "To the Lost",[10] "Resolution", "The Pony", "Margate Sands", "Acres of Diamonds", "William Wilson", "Farewell Daddy Blues", "The Good Listener", "Cuanto", and "Eldorado".

Winter and Boardwalk Empire won a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Writing in a New Series and he was nominated for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series 2011 - 2013.[11] Boardwalk Empire won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama in 2011 and was nominated in 2012 and 2013. In addition, Steve Buscemi won for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series and Kelly MacDonald was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.[12] Boardwalk Empire was in The American Film Institute's Top Ten List for TV in 2010 and 2011. The Cast of Boardwalk Empire won the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, while Steve Buscemi won the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Martin Scorsese won the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series. Boardwalk Empire was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in both 2011 and 2012. In addition, Boardwalk Empire won The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama in 2012 and was nominated for BAFTA Best International Television in 2011.

2016: Vinyl

Winter served as the co-creator, writer, executive producer, and showrunner of the HBO period musical drama series Vinyl, which reunited him with Boardwalk Empire actor Bobby Cannavale and director Martin Scorsese.[13] Despite being picked up for a second season, Winter left his position as showrunner after just one season on the show due to "creative differences" in April 2016 and was replaced by executive producer Scott Z. Burns.[14][15] On June 22, 2016, HBO canceled the series.[16]


He wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film Get Rich or Die Tryin' and its accompanying video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof. In 2006, he wrote and produced the film Brooklyn Rules, directed by Michael Corrente. In 2014, he received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Wolf of Wall Street.




Year Film Notes
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin'
2007 Brooklyn Rules
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Nominated)
2015 The Audition Short film
TBA Warhol



Year Show Role Notes
2016 Vinyl Co-creator and executive producer
2014 Boardwalk Empire Creator and executive producer Season 5
2013 Season 4
2012 Season 3
2011 Season 2
2010 Season 1
2007 The Sopranos Executive producer Season 6, Part II
2006 Season 6, Part I
2004 Season 5
2002 Co-executive producer Season 4
2001 Supervising producer Season 3, episodes 7 to 13
Producer Season 3, episodes 1 to 6
2000 Producer Season 2, episodes 7 to 13
Co-producer Season 2, episodes 1 to 6
The PJs Co-producer Season 2
1998 Soldier of Fortune Creative consultant Season 2
Sister, Sister Co-producer Season 4
1996 Flipper Co-producer Season 1


Year Show Season Episode title Episode Original airdate Notes
2016 Vinyl 1 "Alibi" 10 April 17, 2016
"Yesterday Once More" 2 February 21, 2016
"Pilot" 1 February 14, 2016 Co-written with George Mastras
2014 Boardwalk Empire 5 "Eldorado" 56 October 26, 2014 Co-written with Howard Korder
"Cuanto" 52 September 28, 2014 Co-written with Howard Korder and Cristine Chambers
"The Good Listener" 50 September 14, 2014
2013 4 "Farewell Daddy Blues" 48 November 24, 2013 Co-written with Howard Korder
"William Wilson" 43 October 20, 2013 Co-written with David Matthews
"Acres of Diamonds" 39 September 22, 2013
2012 3 "Margate Sands" 36 December 2, 2012 Co-written with Howard Korder
"The Pony" 32 November 4, 2012 Co-written with Howard Korder
"Resolution" 25 September 16, 2012
2011 2 "To the Lost" 24 November 13, 2011
"Two Boats and a Lifeguard" 20 December 11, 2011
"21" 13 September 25, 2011
2010 1 "A Return to Normalcy" 12 December 5, 2010
"The Ivory Tower" 2 September 26, 2010
"Boardwalk Empire" 1 September 19, 2010
2007 The Sopranos 6 Part II "The Second Coming" 19 May 20, 2007
"Walk Like a Man" 17 May 6, 2007
"Remember When" 15 April 22, 2007
"Stage 5" 14 April 15, 2007
2006 6 Part I "Kaisha" 12 June 4, 2006 Co-written with David Chase & Matthew Weiner
"The Ride" 9 May 7, 2006
"Live Free or Die" 6 April 16, 2006 Co-written with David Chase and Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess
"Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request..." 5 April 9, 2006
"Members Only" 1 March 12, 2006
2004 5 "Long Term Parking" 12 May 23, 2004
"Unidentified Black Males" 9 May 2, 2004 Co-written with Matthew Weiner
"In Camelot" 7 April 19, 2004
"Two Tonys" 1 March 7, 2004 Co-written with David Chase
2002 4 "Eloise" 12 December 1, 2002
"Calling All Cars" 11 November 24, 2002 Story by Winter, David Chase, Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess, teleplay by David Flebotte, Chase, Green & Burgess
"The Strong, Silent Type" 10 November 17, 2002 Co-written with Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess
"Mergers and Acquisitions" 8 November 3, 2002 Story
"Watching Too Much Television" 7 October 27, 2002 Co-written with Nick Santora
"The Weight" 4 October 6, 2002
"No Show" 2 September 22, 2002 Co-written with David Chase
2001 3 "Pine Barrens" 11 May 6, 2001
"University" 6 April 1, 2001 Co-written with Salvatore J. Stabile
"Another Toothpick" 5 March 25, 2001
2000 2 "House Arrest" 11 March 26, 2000
"Big Girls Don't Cry" 5 February 13, 2000
1998 Diagnosis: Murder 6 "Till Death Do Us Part" 3 October 1, 1998
1998 Xena: Warrior Princess 3 "Vanishing Act" 20 April 27, 1998
1997 Sister, Sister 4 "Bring on Debate" 12 January 8, 1997
1996 Xena: Warrior Princess 2 "The Giant Killer" 3 October 14, 1996
Sister, Sister 4 "Kid-napped" 6 October 9, 1996
Flipper 1 "Missile Crisis" 13 January 22, 1996 Co-written with Allison Adler
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess 1 "Cradle of Hope" 4 September 25, 1995
The Great Defender 1 "Def Poets Society" 4 July 24, 1995
The Cosby Mysteries 1 "Goldilocks" 17 April 5, 1995 Co-written with Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin
"Big Brother is Watching" 15 March 15, 1995


Year Show Season Episode title Episode Original airdate Notes
2007 The Sopranos 6 Part II "Walk Like a Man" 17 May 6, 2007


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  5. Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  6. "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  7. Martin Scorsese (director), Terence Winter (writer) (2010-09-19). "Boardwalk Empire". Boardwalk Empire. Season 1. Episode 1. HBO.
  8. Tim Van Patten (director), Terence Winter (writer) (2010-09-26). "The Ivory Tower". Boardwalk Empire. Season 1. Episode 2. HBO.
  9. Tim Van Patten (director), Terence Winter (writer) (2010-12-05). "A Return to Normalcy". Boardwalk Empire. Season 1. Episode 12. HBO.
  10. List of Boardwalk Empire episodes
  11. "Television Nominations". Wga.org.
  12. "Golden Globe Nominations and Winners". Goldenglobes.org.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (December 2, 2014). "Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger & Terence Winter's Rock 'N' Roll Drama Picked Up To Series By HBO". Deadline. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  14. Hughes, William (April 8, 2016). "Terence Winter leaves Vinyl over "creative differences"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  15. Andreeva, Nellie (April 8, 2016). "'Vinyl' Showrunner Terence Winter Exits HBO Series, New Showrunner Named". Deadline. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  16. Andreeva, Nellie (June 22, 2016). "'Vinyl' Canceled: No Season 2 For HBO Drama Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.

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