Terence Winter

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Terence Winter
Winter in 2015
Terence Patrick Winter

(1960-10-02) October 2, 1960 (age 63)
Alma materNew York University (BA)
St. John's University (JD)
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, producer
Years active1995–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 (2010–2014). 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, Winter 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 ran for one season. He was the co-showrunner on the Paramount+ crime series Tulsa King with Taylor Sheridan.[3]

Early life and education


Winter was born in New York City. He grew up in a working-class family in Marine Park, Brooklyn.[4][5] He went to a vocational high school in Brooklyn, studying to be an auto mechanic.[6] He studied at the New York University, where, in 1984,[7] he received a bachelor's degree. He went on to study at St. John's University School of Law, and received a J.D. in 1988,[7], 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 in 1991 to pursue a screenwriting career. During that time, he also performed as a stand-up comedian.[8] He eventually won a spot in the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop,[9] 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".[10] 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.[11][12][13] The Sopranos also won The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama in 2005 and 2008.

2010–2014: Boardwalk Empire


Winter is Boardwalk Empire's creator, showrunner and head writer, with fifteen episodes credited to him, including: "Boardwalk Empire",[14] "The Ivory Tower",[15] "A Return to Normalcy",[16] "21", "Two Boats and a Lifeguard", "To the Lost",[17] "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.[18] 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.[19] 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 Actors 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–present: Vinyl, Tulsa King


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.[20] 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.[21][22] In June 2016, HBO canceled the series.[23]

Winter was the showrunner of the first season of the 2022 Paramount+ series Tulsa King.



Winter 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 Title Writer Producer Notes
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' Yes No
2007 Brooklyn Rules Yes Yes
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Yes No Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination
2015 The Audition Yes Yes Short film
2023 Shooting Stars No Yes [24]
2024 Bob Marley: One Love Yes No


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995–1996 Flipper No Yes Yes
1995–1997 Xena: Warrior Princess No Yes No
1995 The Cosby Mysteries No Yes No
1995 The Great Defender No Yes No
1996–1997 Sister, Sister No Yes Yes
1998 Diagnosis: Murder No Yes No
1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. No No No Creative consultant
2000 The PJs No No Yes
2000–2007 The Sopranos Yes Yes Yes 4 Primetime Emmy wins and 5 additional nominations
6 Writers Guild Award nominations
2010–2014 Boardwalk Empire No Yes Yes Also creator
2 Primetime Emmy nominations
4 Writers Guild Award nominations
2016 Vinyl No Yes Yes Also co-creator
2022–present Tulsa King No Yes Yes


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  2. ^ a b c HBO.com
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  4. ^ Difficult Men: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
  5. ^ "A Writer's Road. Famed Writer Speaks To The Rockaway Times". rockawaytimes.com. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "An Interview With Terence Winter: Executive Producer and Creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (Part 2 -- On Writing for TV)". HuffPost. February 15, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2023.
  7. ^ a b "Terence Winter". allamericanspeakers.com. Retrieved August 4, 2023.
  8. ^ "Terence Winter". Television Academy Interviews. October 22, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Warner Bros. Television Launches its First-Ever Directors' Workshop". Press Releases. WarnerBros.com. February 20, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2023.
  10. ^ HBO.com
  11. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  12. ^ Perry, Byron (December 12, 2007). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  13. ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  14. ^ Martin Scorsese (director), Terence Winter (writer) (September 19, 2010). "Boardwalk Empire". Boardwalk Empire. Season 1. Episode 1. HBO.
  15. ^ Tim Van Patten (director), Terence Winter (writer) (September 26, 2010). "The Ivory Tower". Boardwalk Empire. Season 1. Episode 2. HBO.
  16. ^ Tim Van Patten (director), Terence Winter (writer) (December 5, 2010). "A Return to Normalcy". Boardwalk Empire. Season 1. Episode 12. HBO.
  17. ^ List of Boardwalk Empire episodes
  18. ^ "Television Nominations". Wga.org. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012.
  19. ^ "Golden Globe Nominations and Winners". Goldenglobes.org.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 2, 2014). "Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger & Terence Winter's Rock 'N' Roll Drama Picked Up To Series By HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  21. ^ Hughes, William (April 8, 2016). "Terence Winter leaves Vinyl over "creative differences"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 8, 2016). "'Vinyl' Showrunner Terence Winter Exits HBO Series, New Showrunner Named". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 22, 2016). "'Vinyl' Canceled: No Season 2 For HBO Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  24. ^ Petski, Denise (May 2, 2022). "Original Films From LeBron James, Will Packer & John Woo To Premiere On Peacock In 2023". Deadline. Retrieved May 2, 2022.