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Emmys and the Mob with Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos’ Terence Winter

Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter joins Media Mayhem to talk about his show’s creative success and the lessons he learned from being a part of the Sopranos. As someone that has gained a reputation as a hitman for some of his most popular characters, Terry approaches writing fearlessly and discusses his approach with total candor.
Just a few days before the Emmys, he let’s us in on the experience of being nominated, winning and losing, and he also draws parallels between the world of the 20s and today’s political climate.

Guest Bio

Terence Winter is an Emmy winning writer and producer for TV and film.  A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law he practiced law in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career.  He earned a spot in the Warner Bros. Sitcom Writers Workshop and later began writing for the Fox series “The Great Defender.”  Terence also wrote for series including, “Sister, Sister,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” and “Diagnosis Murder” to name just a few.  He wrote the screenplay for the 50 Cent film “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” and was writer and producer of “Brooklyn Rules.”
Winter also worked as writer, executive producer and director on “The Sopranos.”  He wrote or co-wrote 25 episodes and in 2004 won two Emmys for his work as Executive Producer and writer.  In 2006 he won two more Emmys, one for writing and another for Outstanding Drama Series.
Currently, Terence is at work on the third season of the critically acclaimed HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire.”  He is its creator, show runner and head writer.  “Boardwalk” has won a Golden Globes for Best Television Series Drama and its lead actor, Steve Buscemi won for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.  In 2011 the series was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards and this year has been nominated for another 12 awards.  To date, the series has walked away with 8 Emmy Awards.

Episode Breakdown

00:01 Welcome to Media Mayhem
00:17 Introducing Terence Winter
01:09 Terry’s favorite episodes from last season–incest and the closer.
04:09 Continued collaborations with the Sopranos crew, and recreating the ambiance.
05:30 Making distinctions between New Jersey gangster shows–the birth of organized crime.
07:10 The different ethnic influences on organized crime.
08:41 Lessons learned on the Sopranos and the public’s response to more open ended shows.
14:07 Killing off main characters–Jimmy from Boardwalk and Adriana from the Sopranos.
19:57 Working with the new schedule of on-demand viewers and dealing with spoilers.
25:34 Casting Steve Buscemi and less likeable leads.
30:05 Women’s issues on Empire and political issues recycling through the years.
36:02 Dealing with less reputable media outlets and writing for yourself.
38:33 Allowing room for different voices on a show vs. holding to an individual’s vision.
43:27 Building an audience through consistent scheduling.
45:42 Getting obsessive with the details of the period.
48:34 Finding a twist on the gangster genre and how the 20’s parallel modern times.
51:42 Long nights at the Emmys.
52:50 Thanks and Goodbye.

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Guest Bio

Terence Winter is an Emmy winning writer and producer for TV and film.  A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law he practiced law in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career.  He earned a spot in the Warner Bros. Sitcom Writers Workshop and later began writing for the Fox series “The Great Defender.”  Terence also wrote for series including, “Sister, Sister,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” and “Diagnosis Murder” to name just a few.  He wrote the screenplay for the 50 Cent film “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” and was writer and producer of “Brooklyn Rules.”
Winter also worked as writer, executive producer and director on “The Sopranos.”  He wrote or co-wrote 25 episodes and in 2004 won two Emmys for his work as Executive Producer and writer.  In 2006 he won two more Emmys, one for writing and another for Outstanding Drama Series.
Currently, Terence is at work on the third season of the critically acclaimed HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire.”  He is its creator, show runner and head writer.  “Boardwalk” has won a Golden Globes for Best Television Series Drama and its lead actor, Steve Buscemi won for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.  In 2011 the series was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards and this year has been nominated for another 12 awards.  To date, the series has walked away with 8 Emmy Awards.

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