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‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Terence Winter Left Law Career for Hollywood

31 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Having just wrapped the successful five-season run of “Boardwalk Empire” — and having been onboard for the finish of “The Sopranos” — producer Terence Winter is clearly an expert at telling the end of a story. His own Hollywood tale got off to a challenging start, when he gave up a successful career as a lawyer. But he eventually landed a place in Warners’ TV writers workshop — and his first mention in Variety.

Do you remember seeing this mention in Variety?

Very well. If nothing else, it’s hard evidence that for a very brief fleeting moment I was in show business. It’s something I’d been working so hard for. I’d devoted my whole life to that single moment, and to see it in print was surreal. We had a 7-Eleven by my house, and I ran out and bought probably like 10 copies.

How did you get into the workshop? »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Terence Winter Touts a Homefield Advantage for ‘Boardwalk Empire’

23 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Terence Winter came of age in New York City during the bad old days of the 1970s and early 1980s.

The “Boardwalk Empire” creator/showrunner remembers a time when areas of Manhattan such as the Upper East Side and Meatpacking District were a “no-man’s land.” By the time he left for Los Angeles to take a flier at being a TV and film writer, he was convinced that New York City would never be revitalized to the degree it is today.

He’s glad to have been wrong. Now he’s happily raising his two young children in Gotham with his wife, “Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter.

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“It started with the simplest thing — the police cracking down on people who were throwing trash everywhere,” Winter said. The prevalence of trash “was a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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