Vinyl Creator Terence Winter Stepping Down as Showrunner

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That record scratch you just heard was the sound of Vinyl losing its showrunner.

Series creator Terence Winter is exiting HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama, citing creative differences, our sister site Deadline reports. Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) has been tapped to succeed Winter, with Max Borenstein (Fox’s Minority Report) also joining as an executive producer.

Vinyl, which was renewed in February after just one episode, centers on Bobby Cannavale’s Richie Finestra, a 1970s New York music exec trying to make a career out of the city’s diverse music scene. Its Feb. 14 series premiere brought in just 764,000 viewers.

“As we head into the second season of Vinyl, we have decided it is an appropriate time to make a change in the creative direction of the show,” HBO said in a statement. “We have enjoyed a longtime partnership with Terry Winter at HBO on projects from The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire to Vinyl, and we look forward to our next collaboration with him. We are pleased to welcome Scott Z. Burns, executive producer and showrunner, and Max Borenstein, executive producer, as the new team helming the show.”

In addition to being his third collaboration with HBO, Vinyl marked Winter’s second team-up with executive producer Martin Scorsese. The two previously worked together on the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street.