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By Jef Dinsmore on Dec 2, 2014 to Vinyl

PunkRockFinally, after a long gestation period due to prior commitments by participants, HBO has order to series the music series manned by Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. With details from an official HBO Press Release here is what we know.

Hour-long drama series will shoot in New York.



Set in 1970s New York, the series will explore the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.



Martin Scorsese – Executive Producer/Pilot Director

Mick Jagger – Executive Producer

Terence Winter – Showrunner/Writer/Executive Producer

Rick Yorn – MusicalNote_02Executive Producer

Victoria Pearman – Executive Producer

Emma Tillinger Koskoff – Executive Producer

George Mastras – Writer/Executive Producer



Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) with a great ear for discovering talent, who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.


Olivia Wilde as Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle.


Ray Romano as Zak Yankovich, one of Richie’s partners, the tough and savvy Head of Promotions of American Century with decades of experience dating back to the dark, mob-infested days of the recording business.


Juno Temple as Jamie Vine, an ambitious assistant in the A&R Department of American Century. She uses her keen abilities to manipulate people and blend into the various subcultures of the New York music underground in order to break through the glass ceiling and get ahead at the record label.


Andrew “Dice” Clay as Frank “Buck” Rogers, the cocaine-fueled owner of a chain of radio stations.


Ato Essandoh as Lester Grimes, a former singer and ex-colleague of Richie Finestra.


Max Casella as JulDiscoius “Julie” Silver, nurturing yet with an explosive temper, and the Head of A&R of American Century, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of the rock ‘n’ roll business.


James Jagger as Kip Stevens, lead singer of Nasty Bits, an early punk-rock band.


Jack Quaid as Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive at American Century who struggles for a foothold in the competitive environment of the A&R team.


Birgitte Sorenson as Ingrid, a Danish actress favored by Andy Warhol and close friend of Richie Finestra’s wife, Devon.


P.J. Byrne as Scott Levitt, Head of Legal for American Century Records.


J.C. MacKenzie as Skip Fontaine, Richie’s partner and Head of Sales for American Century RMusicalNote_01ecords. 


Bo Dietl as Joe Corso, a thuggish “independent promotion man” who may or may not have ties to organized crime.


Armen Garo as Corrado Galasso, a New York mob boss.


Robert Funaro as Tony Del Greco, chief enforcer for a New York mob boss.


Joe Caniano as Leo, Richie’s longtime chauffeur and confidante.

HBOWatch will flesh out more detail as it comes available in the months ahead. For now it is good to know that the production company is now totally freed up to work on the project and that HBO has committed to marketing and airing the series. Now how about working on a fucking title!



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