In a shocking television change-up, Terence Winter is leaving HBO’ “Vinyl” after serving as co-creator, executive producer and showrunner on the first season, which currently airing Sundays on the premium cable network. Winter has had a long and successful career with HBO, dating back to his days executive producing “The Sopranos” and his work as showrunner on “Boardwalk Empire,” which makes his departure quite the surprise. Deadline reports that Winter is leaving over “creative differences,” which implies that HBO is doing some meddling with the material in an attempt to boost mediocre ratings and reviews. Scott Z. Burns will replace Winter.
Check out more of today’s latest industry news below:
— Disney has officially entered the awards season by dating Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe” for a limited bow on September 23. The film will expand to more theaters a week later. Based on the book by Tim Crothers, “Katwe” stars Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo in the true story of a young Ugandan woman who becomes a world-renonwed chess champion. With a September date set, expect the film to show up at either Cannes or Venice.
— Panorama Europe 2016, the eighth edition of the European cinema film festival, is returning to the Museum and the Bohemian National Hall from May 6 through May 22 with a slate of 19 new feature films. The Opening Night Film will be “Anna,” with award-winning actress Valeria Golino in person on Friday, May 6. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Golino and a reception.
Watch the trailer for HBO’s “Vinyl” below…