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Faces & Names: Romano joins HBO rock ’n’ roll pilot

Ray Romano has joined HBO’s rock ’n’ roll drama pilot from executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, the network said Friday.

Romano will play Zak Yankovich, the close confidante and right hand man to Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a recording executive. Yankovich is described as the tough and sharp-witted promotions head at Finestra’s record label with years of experience dating back to the shady, mob-infested days of the recording business.

The project, which has the working title “The Long Play,” is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as disco and punk were breaking out, through the eyes of record producer Finestra.

Scorsese is attached to direct the pilot, which the network hopes to start production in early summer.

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